New Delhi: The less availability of sugarcane and cane harvesters have affected the crushing season in Maharashtra. It has also hampered the sugar production in the state.
In this season, sugar production in Maharashtra fall by 51.20 per cent. According to the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), in Maharashtra, sugar production till 31st January 2020 is estimated at 34.64 lakh tonnes, compared with 70.99 lakh tonnes produced last year same period. In the current 2019-20 Sugar Season, totally 143 sugar mills were operating, of which 3 sugar mills have already closed their crushing operations.
Crushing season in Maharashtra commenced late this year. Sugar mills in the state have officially kick-started sugarcane crushing season on November 22 after they got permission from Governor BS Koshyari in the absence of a functional state government. Sugar production in Maharashtra is down as the state had been gripped with drought and flood.
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.
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