Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh once again is leading in sugar production in this crushing season. According to the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), till 29th February 2020, 119 sugar mills were operating in the state and they have produced 76.86 lakh tonnes of sugar compared with 73.87 lakh tonnes produced by 117 mills as on 28th February 2019.
According to the Uttar Pradesh sugarcane minister Suresh Rana, “We expect 120 lakh tonnes of sugar production this season. Also, sugar recovery is estimated at above 11 per cent.
Speaking about sugar production in the country, during 2019-20 SS from 1st October 2019 to 29th February 2020, 453 sugar mills had started operations (as against 520 sugar mills which had operated last year), 68 sugar mills across the country have ended their operations by 29th February 2020. Those 453 sugar mills in the country have together produced 194.84 lakh tonnes of sugar till 29th February 2020, as compared to 249.30 lakh tonnes produced by 520 mills last season till 28th February 2019.
In this season, the country is witnessing a decline in sugar production because of flood and drought in Maharashtra and Karnataka which hampered their sugarcane output.
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