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India sees rise in sugar production

Indian Sugar Mills Association’s (ISMA) recent data reveals that on higher cane production, India’s sugar production has increased by 20 percent to 258.68 lakh tonnes till March 15. The production in the corresponding period in the previous marketing year stood at 216.13 lakh tonnes. As per the data, the rise in the country’s output is mainly driven by a spectacular 68 percent increase in performance by sugar mills in Maharashtra. During the period, 188 mills in the state produced 94.05 lakh tonnes compared to 55.85 lakh tonnes in the year-ago period. In the current crushing season, 48 sugar mills in the state have closed against 56 mills that had closed by this time last year. Around 120 sugar mills in Uttar Pradesh produced less sugar. On the other hand, 87.16 lakh tonnes sugar was produced last year, 84.25 lakh tonnes has been produced so far this year. Of the 120 mills, 18 mills have closed operations for the season. Sugar production in Karnataka, has also increased to 41.35 lakh tonnes from 33.35 lakh tonnes. Out of the 66 sugar mills, 62 mills have already closed their operations in the state and only 4 mills are in operation. Gujarat’s 15 mills, too, have clocked an increased production during the period. The 15 sugar mills in the state have together produced 8.49 lakh tonnes of sugar till 15th March’ 2021 as against 7.78 lakh tonnes of sugar produced last year. During the 2020-21 sugar season, 502 sugar mills in the country were in operations as against 457 mills which operated last year. Of these 502 mills, 331 are still crushing cane while 171 had stopped crushing. During the previous sugar season, 319 were in operation while 138 mills stopped crushing in the same period.