Sugar production has declined in Uttar Pradesh as compared to the previous season. The lower sugar production is attributed to the diversion of cane for ethanol production and damage of crops due to pest infection following the rainwater stagnation in sugarcane fields in central and eastern parts of the state.
According to the Indian Sugar Mills Association, In U.P., 120 sugar mills which were in operation, have produced 93.71 lakh tonnes of sugar till 31st March 2021. Out of 120 sugar mills, 39 sugar mills have stopped crushing operations. As compared to this, 113 were in operation last year on the same date and the sugar production was 97.20 lakh tonnes, upto 31st March 2020.