Season 2023-24: India’s Sugar production reaches 112 lakh tonnes

The sugarcane crushing season has gained momentum in India, although sugar production is still lower compared to the previous season. According to data released by National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories Limited (NFCSF), as of December 31, 2023, crushing for the 2023-24 season has commenced in 511 sugar mills across the country, with a total of 1222.64 lakh tonnes of sugarcane crushed, resulting in a production of 112.10 lakh tonnes of sugar.

In comparison, in the corresponding period of the previous year, 514 sugar mills had crushed 1320.55 lakh tonnes of sugarcane, yielding 121.35 lakh tonnes of sugar production.

The sugar recovery rate in the country is approximately similar to the previous season. As of December 31, 2023, the average sugar recovery stands at 9.17%, whereas during the same period in the preceding season, it was 9.19%.

In the state-wise context of sugar production, Maharashtra currently leads the charts, followed by Uttar Pradesh, and Karnataka.

In Maharashtra, 195 sugar mills are in operation until December 31, 2023, and they have crushed 426.82 lakh tonnes of sugarcane to produce 38.20 lakh tonnes of sugar. In Uttar Pradesh, 120 sugar mills have crushed 359.07 lakh tonnes of sugarcane to produce 34.65 lakh tonnes of sugar.

In the third-largest sugar-producing state, Karnataka, sugar production reached 24.00 lakh tonnes by crushing 263.74 lakh tonnes of sugarcane. The state is also lagging in the average sugar recovery rate. Compared to the average sugar recovery rate of 9.30 percent in the previous season, Karnataka registered an 9.10 percent sugar recovery rate until December 31, 2023.


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