Sugar output jumps 2-fold at 43.9 lakh ton
New Delhi: India's sugar production jumped over two fold at 42.9 lakh tonnes during October-November owing to early start of mills this season, according to industry body ISMA.
Sugar marketing year runs from October to September. According to the data, the country's sugar production stood at 42.9 lakh tonnes during October-November period of 2020-21 marketing year as against 20.72 lakh tonnes in the year-ago period. The association attributed the rise in production to early start of sugarcane crushing this season.
"The production trend in the current season so far, appears to be more or less similar to 2018-19 sugar season when 418 sugar mills had produced 40.69 lac tons of sugar, as on 30th November, 2018, except that the diversion of cane juice and B-molasses this season to ethanol will be much more, resulting in a net reduction of around 20 lakh tons of sugar," ISMA said.
As per the data, sugar production in Uttar Pradesh rose to 12.65 lakh tonnes from 11.46 lakh tonnes. In Maharashtra, sugar production stood at 15.72 lakh tonnes, compared with 1.38 lakh tonnes in the corresponding period of the previous year. The higher production is because of earlier start of crushing operations in Maharashtra and higher availability of sugarcane in this season. Sugar production in Karnataka rose to 11.11 lakh tonnes from 5.62 lakh tonnes.