The country’s sugar mills have produced 47.21 lakh tonnes of sugar till November 30, around 4.19 lakh tonnes higher than last season’s production for the corresponding period. Last year, sugar mills had produced 43.02 lakh tonnes at same time.
The Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) has attributed the higher production to an early start of crushing season in western region of the country this season and higher availability of cane.
Around 416 mills have started crushing this year as compared to 409 mills last year. In Uttar Pradesh, 101 sugar mills have started operations end of November and produced 10.39 lakh tonnes compared to 12.65 lakh tonnes in the same period last year. In Maharashtra, 172 sugar mills started crushing operations at the end of November, compared to 158 sugar mills that operated last year.
Sugar production in the state was 20.34 lakh tonnes against 15.79 lakh tonnes produced in the same time last year. The higher production was on account of crushing operations beginning earlier in Maharashtra and higher availability of sugarcane in this season, ISMA said. Similarly, in Karnataka, 66 sugar mills were crushing by November-end to produce 12.76 lakh tonnes of sugar.
As compared to this, last year as on November 30, around 63 sugar mills were operating to produce 11.11 lakh tonnes of sugar. In Gujarat, 15 sugar mills were in operation by November-end to produce1.66 lakh tonnes of sugar. Similar number of mills were crushing in last year’s corresponding period to produce 1.65 lakh tonnes of sugar.
According to ISMA, crushing operations in all the other states have also begun and the pace of crushing is picking up. About 62 sugar mills are operating in other states that have produced 2.06 lakh tonnes in this season up to November 30, 2021. With nearly 34 lakh tonnes of sugar equivalent is estimated to get diverted into ethanol production, the pressure on the sugar mills to immediately contract further exports is less. Therefore, sugar mills are likely to wait for an upward revision of the global prices to around 21 cents or more, ISMA said.