India’s sugar production rises 6% till March 15, 2019: ISMA

India’s sugar production rose by 6% to 273.47 lakh tonnes till March 15, 2019, the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said in a statement. On the corresponding date last year, 258.20 lakh tonnes had been produced with 399 mills operating as on 15th March 2018, the industry data said.

“During 2018-19 SS, 527 sugar mills were in operation and they have produced 273.47 lakh tonnes of sugar till 15th March 2019. As on that date, 154 mills have stopped crushing and 373 sugar mills in the country continue their crushing, ISMA said.

In Maharashtra, sugar production till 15th March 2019 was 100.08 lakh tonnes, compared with 93.84 lakh tonnes produced last year same period. In UP, 116 sugar mills are in operation and 84.14 lakh tonnes of sugar was produced till 15th March 2019, compared with 84.39 lakh tonnes produced on the corresponding date of last year, it said.

Sugar mills have produced 42.45 lakh tonnes of sugar in Karnataka in the aforementioned period. 56 mills have closed their operations in the State while 11 mills are in operation. During the corresponding period last year, 65 sugar mills had produced 35.10 lakh tonnes sugar. Of the 65 sugar mills, 17 mills were in operation as on 15th March 2019 and 48 mills had closed their operations.

In case of Tamil Nadu, 29 sugar mills are in operation and have produced 5.40 lakh tonnes of sugar, as compared to 4.33 lakh tons produced on the corresponding date. Gujarat has produced 9.80 lakh tonnes of sugar till 15th March 2019 with 14 sugar mills in operation. Last year, 9.10 lakh tonnes of sugar had been produced on the same date, ISMA said.

In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, 25 sugar mills have produced 6.5 lakh tonnes, of which 3 mills have stopped crushing. Last year, 6.40 lakh tonnes was produced on the corresponding date and 14 mills were in operation.

In Bihar, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, sugar production has been in the order of 6.65 lakh tonnes, 2.95 lakh tonnes, 5.45 lakh tonnes, 4.90 lakh tonnes and 4.75 lakh tonnes, respectively.

Shekhar Ghosh is consulting editor, Indoasiancommodities.com. He has edited and written for publications like Business India, Business Standard, Business Today, Outlook and many other international publications. He can be reached at shekhar.ghosh@indoasiancommodities.in.

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