New Delhi: Due to delay in commencement of 2019-2020 sugar season, sugar production is the state has been impacted. According to the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), in Maharashtra, 124 sugar mills were in operation, and they have produced 7.66 lakh tons of sugar till 15th December, 2019. In 2018-19 sugar season, there were 178 sugar mills in operation as on 15th December, 2018 and they had produced 29 lakh tons. In this season, the state witnessed the downfall of 73 per cent in sugar production.
Sugar mills in Maharashtra officially kick-started sugarcane crushing season on November 22 after they got permission from state Governor BS Koshyari in the absence of a functional state government.
A total of 195 sugar mills participated in sugar season 2018-2019 and produced 107.19 lakh tonnes of sugar at a recovery rate of 11.26 per cent by crushing 951.79 lakh tonnes of sugarcane.
Sugar production in Maharashtra will be impacted in this season 2019-2020 as the state had been gripped with drought and flood.
As on 15th December, 2019, 406 sugar mills were crushing sugarcane for the year 2019-20 sugar season, and they have produced 45.81 lakh tons of sugar, i.e. 35 per cent less than the sugar production on the corresponding date of previous sugar season, of 70.54 lakh tons of sugar. Last year on the corresponding date, 473 mills were operating.
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