Krishi VaartaOutlook Agriculture
Sugar production estimated to be lower than last year
Sugar production in the current season 2019-20 (October to September), which started
from October 1, 2019, is estimated to be only 280 to 290 lakh tonnes as compared to
331 lakh tonnes produced in the country last year.
According to a senior Food Ministry official, according to information received from
sugarcane producing states, sugar production is expected to decline by 12 to 13 per
cent in the current crushing season. In the current season, sugarcane crop has been
damaged due to drought and floods in Maharashtra, hence sugar production in
Maharashtra will remain low.Maharashtra produced 107 lakh tonnes of sugar last year,
while in the current crushing season sugar production in the state is expected to
decrease by about 40 lakh tonnes compared to last year. Karnataka is also expected to
reduce its sugar production estimates in the current crushing season.
He said that sugar mills have started crushing of sugarcane partially, but the crushing of
sugarcane is expected to pick up from November 15 itself.
Source- Outlook agriculture, 24 october 2019
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