Krishi VaartaOutlook Agriculture
Sugar Production Down by 54% in First Two Months after Delayed Crushing
Sugar production in the first two months of the current crushing season 2019-20, which started from October 1, 2019, has fallen by 54% to 18.85 lakh tonnes due to delayed crushing in Maharashtra. In the same period last year, 40.69 lakh tonnes of sugar had been produced.
According to the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) delayed crushing has started in the sugar mills of Maharashtra in the current crushing season. Even now crushing has started in only 43 sugar mills of the state, while crushing has started in 175 mills in the state during the same period last year.
The state has produced only 67,000 tonnes of sugar till November 30, compared to 18.89 lakh tonnes in October-November in the last crushing season. Sugar production in these two months has increased slightly to 10.81 lakh tonnes in Uttar Pradesh, compared to 9.14 lakh tonnes during the last crushing season. 61 sugar mills in Karnataka have produced only 5.21 lakh tonnes of sugar. Crushing has started in 14 sugar mills in Gujarat and 75 thousand tonnes of sugar has been produced so far.
Source: Outlook Agriculture, 3 December 2019
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