India’s sugar production up by 13% to 305.68 lakh tonnes in 8 months

India’s sugar production rose by 13 per cent to 305.68 lakh tonnes in the first eight months of the current marketing year ending September, mainly due to higher output in Maharashtra, according to trade data. Sugar marketing year runs from October to September. “Sugar mills across the country have produced 305.68 lakh tonnes of sugar between October 1, 2020 […]

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Are farmers in Maharashtra ditching grape cultivation for sugarcane farming?


The cycle seems to have turned within a decade. Around 10 years ago, a wave of grape cultivation had gripped Maharashtra. Farmers ditched sugarcane and turned to grapes in huge numbers. Today, farmers are ditching grape farming and turning back to sugarcane cultivation.   Fact is grape cultivation has turned costlier in the state. Grape vines require a lot of […]

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Sugar production in Uttar Pradesh likely fall by 20%, thanks to ethanol diversion

Sugar production in Uttar Pradesh, the country’s largest sugar producing state in 2019-20 season, is likely to fall by around 20 per cent year-on-year to around 100 lakh tonnes in the October 2020-September 2021 season as against 126 lakh tonnes in the last season. The dip in production is primarily due to diversion into ethanol […]

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Logistics nightmare scuttles ethanol blending programme; targets likely to fall short


Failing to create adequate tankage for ethanol supplied by sugar producing distilleries, oil marketing companies (OMCs) have started reallocating contracted quantities from several depots, which the distilleries had competed to obtain, to faraway depots in other states. This takes several days, resulting in huge financial losses to the distilleries. In a series of letters exchanged […]

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Sugar production rises by 25% to 17.68 million tonnes during 4 months between October ‘20 and January ‘21: ISMA


India’s 491 sugar mills have together produced 176.83 lakh (17.683 million) tonnes of sugar in the first four months of the current sugar season, which started on October 1. In the corresponding period of the previous season, the mills produced 141 lakh tonnes. The output is up by around 25%, prompted primarily by an increased […]

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