India’s sugar production touched 173.37 lakh tons by February 15 in the current season, 6.13 lakh tons higher than at the same point last year, the India Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said, adding ex-mill prices were at their six-year low.
Of the 511 sugar mills that started crushing in 2015-16 sugar season, 39 mills have closed their operations. In 2014-15 season, during the same period, out of 527 sugar mills which operated, 11 mills had closed their operations on February 15, it said in a statement.
According to ISMA, production in Uttar Pradesh rose to 45.55 lakh tons but that in Maharashtra fell by 3.5 percent to 62.70 lakh tons as sugar mills closed early.
Production in Karnataka at 32.21 lakh tons was higher than the 28.55 lakh tons produced by the same date last year, but there was a drop in Andhra Pradesh and Telengana, ISMA said.
For others, it gave the following details:
- In Tamil Nadu, 37 sugar mills have produced 4 lac tons of sugar as on Feb 15 as compared to 3.25 lac tons of sugar produced by 42 sugar mills in 2014-15 SS till 15th February 2015
- As regards Gujarat, 8.08 lac tons of sugar have been produced by 20 sugar mills as on 15th February 2016. 1 sugar mill has shut its crushing operation for the current sugar season. Last year, 19 sugar mills had produced 7.25 lac tons of sugar on the corresponding date
- In Bihar, 11 sugar mills have produced 3.90 lac tons till 15th February 2016, as compared to 4.15 lac tons produced during 2014-15 SS till 15th February 2015
- In case of Punjab, 16 sugar mills which are in operation have produced 3.55 lac tons of sugar upto 15th February 2016, as compared to 3.15 lac tons produced by same number of mills on the corresponding date last year
- Sugar production in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh till 15th February 2016 is slightly higher at 2.80 lac tons, compared with 2.16 lac tons produced by 17 mills as on 15th February 2015
- Sugar production in Haryana and Uttarakhand till 15th February 2016 remained almost at the same level as that of last year.