Sugar production till January 31 at 141.12 lakh tonnes: ISMA

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New Delhi: According to the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), 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.

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 SS, totally 143 sugar mills were operating, of which 3 sugar mills have already closed their crushing operations.

In U.P. 119 sugar mills are in operation and they have produced 54.96 lakh tonnes of sugar till 31st January 2020, compared with 52.86 lakh tonnes produced by 117 mills on the corresponding date of last year.

In case of Karnataka, till 31st January, 2020, 63 sugar mills have produced 27.94 lakh tonnes, as compared to 33.76 lakh tonnes produced by 66 sugar mills last year same period.

In case of Tamil Nadu, 21 sugar mills commenced their crushing operations so far for 2019-20 SS and they produced 2.05 lakh tonnes of sugar, as compared to 2.86 lakh tonnes produced by 32 sugar mills in 2018-19 SS on the corresponding date.

Gujarat has produced 4.87 lakh tonnes of sugar till 31st January 2020 with 15 sugar mills in operation. Last year, 16 sugar mills were in operation and they had produced 6.66 lakh tonnes of sugar till 31st January 2019.

In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, 18 sugar mills have produced 2.34 lakh tonnes as on 31st January 2020, as compared to 3.67 lakh tonnes produced by these mills on the corresponding date last season.

In Bihar, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, sugar production till 31st January 2020 has been in the order of 4.21 lakh tonnes, 1.94 lakh tonnes, 3.00 lakh tonnes, 2.80 lakh tonnes and 2.26 lakh tonnes, respectively.

Sugar production estimated for 2019-20 SS is 260 lakh tonnes, after accounting for the diversion of sugarcane juice and ‘B’ heavy molasses into ethanol, which will reduce about 8.5 lakh tonnes of sugar production. 260 lakh tonnes of sugar will be around 70 lakh tonnes less than the production of the last season. We can already see that current year’s production is trailing by almost 44.5 lakh tonnes till the end of January 2020 as compared to the previous season.

On the other side, the sugar sales in the first four months of the current season i.e. January 2020 will be almost 7-8 lakh tonnes more than the sugar sales in the first 4 months of the last season. In the last year, the estimated sugar sales by the sugar mills were around 255 lakh tonnes and considering the higher sales in this year, ISMA expects the sugar sales by sugar mills in the current season to be around 260 lakh tonnes.

ISMA has procured the satellite images of the sugarcane area across the country in the end of January 2020. This will give a very good idea of the sugarcane which has already been harvested, and the balance sugarcane which is on the ground. The trend of yields and sugar recoveries of the current season is now available with the Association. After having physically visited the sugarcane area and thereafter having detailed discussion with the member sugar mills across the country, ISMA will, if required, give its second advance estimates in its Committee Meeting before the end of February 2020.

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