India’s sugar production set to increase next season

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New Delhi: Flood and drought in Maharashtra and Karnataka have impacted the sugar production in India in the ongoing season. According to the sugar industry experts, due to good monsoon, the country’s sugar output is set to bounce back next season.

According to the industry leaders, India is likely to produce about 30 million tonnes of sugar in 2020-21 as against 26 million tonnes in 2019-20.

India has been producing surplus sugar from the last few years and to reduce it government has taken various measures. The falling production of sugar in India and Thailand have resulted in a hike in global sugar prices.

According to the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), as on 31st January, 2020, 446 sugar mills in the country have produced 141.12 lakh tonnes of sugar, as compared to 185.59 lakh tonnes produced by 520 mills last season on the corresponding date.

“Due to good rainfall this year, area under sugarcane will increase in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamilnadu next year”, Vivek Pittie, president, ISMA was quoted as saying by Economic Times.

ISMA has procured the satellite images of the sugarcane area across the country in the end of January 2020. This will give a very good idea of the sugarcane which has already been harvested, and the balance sugarcane which is on the ground. The trend of yields and sugar recoveries of the current season is now available with the Association. After having physically visited the sugarcane area and thereafter having detailed discussion with the member sugar mills across the country, ISMA will, if required, give its second advance estimates in its Committee Meeting before the end of February 2020.

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