Sugar production increases in Uttar Pradesh due to lockdown

Lucknow: Mills are struggling with surplus sugar and now Uttar Pradesh registered record sugar production. Due to lockdown, UP registered huge sugar production.

The crushing season has got prolonged in the State as most of the Gur / Khandsari units have closed their operations prematurely due to lockdown, due to which significant portion of cane that would have gone to them, have been diverted to the sugar mills for crushing in the current season. Almost 80 per cent of the Gur/ Khandsari units in the state are primarily located in Western and Central U.P., thereby increasing supply of sugarcane for crushing in the sugar mills in these regions of the State.

According to the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), sugar mills in Uttar Pradesh have produced 122.28 lakh tonnes of sugar as on 15th May 2020, which is 5.48 lakh tonnes higher than the production of 116.80 lakh tonnes produced by them last year on the corresponding date. This production is the highest ever sugar production in the State, surpassing 120.45 Lakh tonnes produced in 2017-18 sugar season. Out of 119 mills operated this year, 73 mills have ended their crushing and 46 mills continue their operations, compared to 28 mills which were operating on 15th May’ 2019 last year.

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