Australia’s sugar production is forecast to increase to 4.4 million metric tons (MMT) in marketing year (MY) 2021/22, from an estimated 4.335 MMT in MY 2020/21, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
This increase is due to an expected rise in sugar cane crush to 31.5 MMT in MY 2021/22, from an estimate of 31.1 MMT in the previous year. The increase in production is driven by anticipated improvements in sugar cane yield in the northern tropical regions of Queensland and in sub-tropical northern New South Wales, the report said.
However, this is partially offset by expected decreases in sugar cane production area and yield in the sub-tropical southern Queensland region, due to competition from higher value horticulture and below-average
rainfall, it added.
According to the report, of the total exports of sugar, 95 percent is raw sugar and five percent refined. Raw sugar exports are forecast to increase to 3.4 MMT in MY 2021/22 from the prior year estimate of 3.2 MMT, while refined sugar is expected to remain stable at 135,000 metric tons (MT).