Sugar mills across the country have together produced 299.15 lakh tonnes of sugar till 30 April this year, against 258.09 lakh tonnes produced at the same time last year, an increase of nearly 16%, industry body ISMA (Indian Sugar Mills Association) said.
Releasing the production figures, ISMA said mills in Uttar Pradesh, the country’s largest sugar-producing state, have produced 105.62 lakh tonnes of sugar till April 2021, which is 10.90 lakh tonnes lower than 116.52 lakh tonnes achieved by them last year on the corresponding date.
“Out of 120 mills that operated in the state this year, 75 mills have ended their crushing and 45 mills continue their operations this year, compared to 75 mills which were operating on April 30, 2020, last year,” it said, adding that while most of the operating mills in UP are expected to close by next fortnight, some may continue till end of May.
In Maharashtra, sugar production till 30 April was 105.63 lakh tonnes, compared with 60.95 lakh tonnes produced last year same period, which is almost 44.68 lakh tonnes higher than last year. “In the current sugar season, 167 mills have closed their crushing operations in the state while 23 sugar mills are still operating, as compared to which only three mills were operating last year on the corresponding date,” it said, adding that most of the operating mills in the current season are expected to close in next 15–20 days.
The output in Karnataka, the country’s third-largest sugar-producing state, rose to 41.67 lakh tonnes till April against 33.82 lakh tonnes in the year-ago period. Among other states, Gujarat has produced 10.15 lakh tonnes of sugar till April, while Tamil Nadu’s production stood at 6.04 lakh tonnes. Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Odisha have collectively produced 30.04 lakh tonnes till April 30.