Season 2023-24: 71 mills close crushing operations; sugar production surpasses 254 lakh tonnes

India’s sugar crushing season is underway with slightly lower sugar production compared to the previous season.

According to the data from the National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories Limited (NFCSF), as of February 29, 2024, the crushing season for the season 2023-24 is ongoing in 462 sugar mills across the country, with a total sugarcane crushed amounting to 2559.64 lakh metric tonnes (LMT), producing 254.70 lakh metric tonnes of sugar.

A total of 533 sugar mills participated in the crushing season across the country, with 71 mills having concluded crushing operations so far.

In contrast, during the same period in previous season, 534 sugar mills participated, with 93 mills closed operations. These mills had crushed 2655.28 LMT of sugarcane, resulting in 259.05 LMT of sugar production.

The sugar recovery rate in the country is higher compared to the previous season. As of February 29, 2024, the average sugar recovery rate stands at 9.95%, while the average recovery rate in the previous season was 9.76%.

Currently, Maharashtra leads in sugar production among states, followed by Uttar Pradesh. Maharashtra has produced 90.90 LMT of sugar so far, while Uttar Pradesh has produced 78.95 LMT.

In Karnataka, sugar production reached 45.70 LMT, lower than 51.20 LMT previous season during the same period.


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