Higher output in key producing states saw India’s sugar production rise by 4.54 percent in the first four months of the current marketing year, industry body ISMA said.
It said in a statement that sugar production in the first four months of the current season was 14.25 million tonnes (MT), but added that it was still lowering the output estimate for the entire year by 1 MT to 26 MT.
India produced 28.3 MT of sugar in the previous 2014-15 marketing year.
“As per the latest data released by the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), higher sugar output was produced even as the number of sugar mills in operation were only 510 in 2015-16 as against 517 mills in the year-ago period,” the statement said.
The sugar output in Maharasthra, the country’s leading sugar producing state, increased to 5.44 MT in the October-January period of this marketing year as against 5.43 MT in the year-ago period.
The production in Uttar Pradesh, the country’s second-biggest sugar producing state, also rose to 3.61 MT from 3.37 MT, while the output in Karnataka jumped to 2.68 MT as compared to 2.31 MT in the said period.
The sugar production in Gujarat rose to 0.69 MT in the first four months of the current year from 0.61 MT in the year-ago period, while in Tamil Nadu, the output improved marginally to 0.23 MT from 0.21 MT in the said period.
Sugar output in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana put together was down at 0.49 MT in October-January period of this year as against 0.49 MT in the same period last year.