India’s Oct-Dec 2021 sugar output up 4.75% at 115.70 lakh tonnes: NFCSFL

India’s sugar production is estimated to have risen by 4.75 per cent to 115.70 lakh tonnes during the October-December period of the 2021-22 season, sugar cooperatives body NFCSFL said. Sugar output stood at 110.45 lakh tonne in the same period of 2020-21 season. Sugar season runs from October to September.

About 491 mills had crushed 1227.17 lakh tonnes of sugarcane as on December 31, 2021, higher than the year-ago period, as per the latest data released by the National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories Ltd (NFCSFL).

According to NFCSFL, production in Uttar Pradesh, the country’s leading sugar producing state, remained lower at 30.90 lakh tonnes during October-December of the 2021-22 season, as against 33.65 lakh tonnes in the year-ago period.

However, production in Maharashtra, the country’s second largest sugar producing state, rose to 45.75 lakh tonnes from 39.85 lakh tonnes, while in Karnataka production increased to 24.90 lakh tonnes from 24.15 lakh tonnes in the said period.

Sugar production in Gujarat remained slightly higher at 3.40 lakh tonnes during October-December of this year, as against 3.35 lakh tonnes in the year-ago period. There was marginal increase in production in states of Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Uttarakhand, the NFCSFL data showed. The total sugar production in 2021-22 season is pegged at 315 lakh tonnes, as against 311.05 lakh tonnes during the 2020-21 season, it added.

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