Sugar mills in Uttar Pradesh start preparations for next crushing season

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Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh: As the sugarcane production is likely to increase this year, the sugar mills from the district have started preparations to repair machinery in the mill ahead of crushing season commencement. The cane crushing season in the state ended this month by producing record sugar.

Last year sugar mills in the district had started cane crushing in the last week of October but due to the increased sugarcane output and the impact of coronavirus mills continued cane crushing for a longer time.

As per ISMA, Uttar Pradesh is estimated to have sugarcane area at 22.92 lakh hectares, as against 23.21 lakh ha. in 2019-20 SS, i.e. a marginal decrease by about 1 per cent. It is expecting a marginal increase in yield as well as sugar recovery in 2020-21 SS, owing to good overall standing crop condition and continued replacement of cane variety by high yielding and high sugared cane varieties in more areas. Thus, sugar production in Uttar Pradesh in 2020-21 SS is estimated to be around 123.06 lakh tonnes, which will be about 126.45 lakh tonnes (after diversion into ethanol) in the current 2019-20 SS. It is noteworthy that current year’s sugar production of the State turned out to be about 5 –6 lakh tonnes more, mainly because of much better yields as also cane diversion from Gur / Khandsari manufacturing units to sugar units, owing to premature closure of their operations due to lockdown.

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