India’s sugar production in Oct-Feb up 2 percent

India’s sugar production was up 2 per cent to 19.94 million tonnes during the first five months of the current marketing year, starting October, while mills have contracted to export 1.25 million tonnes of the sweetener, the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said.

It said that during the current sugar season, 107 of the 513 sugar mills that started production had shut down.

In Maharashtra, 177 mills produced 7 million tons of sugar by end February against 7.5 million tonnes in the same period last year.

About 60 of these 71 mills, which have closed their operations for the season, are from rain deficit areas of Maharashtra viz. Marathwada areas and Sholapur.  Last year, only 3 three sugar mills had stopped crushing by February 28, ISMA said in a statement.

In Uttar Pradesh, 116 sugar mills had started operations during 2015-16 guar season, of which 13 have closed.  The state had produced 5.4 million tons of sugar by February 29 against 5 million tons in the same period last year.

Karnataka had produced 3.6 million tons of sugar; Andhra Pradesh and Telangana 670,000; Tamil Nadu 530,000 tons and Gujarat 920,000 tons. The rest was distributed amongst other states such as Bihar, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh.

As per information provided by sugar mills, contracts for exports have been made for a quantity of about 1.25 million tons, of which 1 million tons have already been moved from factories for exports, the statement said.

 

 

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