Sugar production till February 15 at 169.85 lakh tonnes: ISMA

New Delhi: According to the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), as on 15th February 2020, 169.85 lakh tonnes of sugar have been produced by the mills, as compared to 219.66 lakh tonnes produced on the corresponding date of last year. Out of 449 sugar mills which had started crushing for 2019-20 SS, 23 sugar mills have stopped crushing operation due to non-availability of sugarcane. Last year, 521 sugar mills had operated, out of which 19 had stopped crushing on the same corresponding date last year.

In Maharashtra, sugar production till 15th February 2020 was 43.38 lakh tonnes, compared with 82.98 lakh tonnes produced last year same period.  Out of 143 mills which operated this season, eight sugar mills have stopped their crushing.  Last year 193 mills had operated i.e. 50 sugar mills remained closed in Maharashtra due to less cane this year.

In U.P. 119 sugar mills which are in operation have produced 66.34 lakh tonnes of sugar till 15th February 2020, compared with 63.93 lakh tonnes produced by 117 mills on the corresponding date of last year.

In case of Karnataka, till 15th February 2020, 63 sugar mills had commenced operations and they have produced 30.80 lakh tonnes, as compared to 38.74 lakh tonnes produced by 66 sugar mills last year same period.  Out of 63 sugar mills which went for crushing this season, 13 sugar mills have stopped crushing as on 15th February 2020.

In case of Tamil Nadu, 21 sugar mills commenced their crushing operations so far for 2019-20 SS and they produced 2.60 lakh tonnes of sugar, as compared to 3.85 lakh tonnes produced by 32 sugar mills in 2018-19 SS on the corresponding date.

Gujarat has produced 5.95 lakh tonnes of sugar till 15th February 2020 with 15 sugar mills in operation.  Last year, 16 sugar mills were in operation and they had produced 7.78 lakh tonnes of sugar till 15th February 2020.

In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, 18 sugar mills have produced 3.06 lakh tonnes as on 15th February 2020, as compared to 4.50 lakh tonnes produced by 25 mills on the corresponding date last season.  Two out of 18 sugar mills which operated this season has ended their crushing on 15th February 2020.

In Bihar, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, sugar production till 15th February 2020has been in the order of 5.08 lakh tonnes, 2.41 lakh tonnes, 3.72 lakh tonnes, 3.51 lakh tonnes and 2.76 lakh tonnes, respectively.

Ex-mill sugar prices in the Southern and Western parts of the country are ruling in the range of Rs. 3100-3200 per quintal and in Northern parts the same are in the range of Rs. 3200-3300 per quintal.

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