India to soon announce sugar export quota for 2022-23 market year

The government will soon announce export quota of sugar for next marketing year starting October, Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey said. He however did not disclose the quantity of sugar that will be allowed for export in 2022-23 marketing year.

“We will soon announce the sugar export policy for next season,” Pandey told reporters here on the sidelines of 82th AGM of Roller Flour Millers Federation of India (RFMFI). In May, the government had allowed exports of 100 lakh tonnes of sugar, but later allowed another 12 lakh tonnes. This took the total export quota for 2021-22 marketing year to 112 lakh (11.2 million) tonnes.

India’s sugar exports stood at 70 lakh tonnes in 2020-21 marketing year, 59 lakh tonnes in 2019-20 and 38 lakh tonnes in 2018-19. Earlier this month, sugar industry body ISMA had demanded that the government allow exports of 80 lakh tonnes of sugar for 2022-23 marketing year in view of surplus production.

Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) president Aditya Jhunjhunwala had written a letter to Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal in this regard. “We would like to request the government to allow 80 lakh tonnes of exports for 2022-23 SS (Sugar Season),” the ISMA president had said in the letter.

As per preliminary estimate, Jhunjhunwala said the net sugar production, without considering the diversion of sugar for production of ethanol, is expected to increase to about 400 lakh tonnes in 2022-23 from 394 lakh tonnes in current marketing year. However, he said 45 lakh tonnes of sugar are expected to get diverted for ethanol in 2022-23 as against 34 lakh tonnes in current marketing year. This means that actual sugar production in 2022-23 would be 355 lakh tonnes, the ISMA president said. “Therefore, after considering domestic sugar consumption of 275 lakh tonnes in the next season (2022-23), it becomes imperative to export at least 80 lakh tonnes of surplus sugar out of the country in order to maintain optimum sugar balance in the country,”

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