Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh has emerged as top sugar producer in the country, surpassing Maharashtra in the current season, reports PTI.
Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary, UP’s Cane Development and Sugar Mills minister, said that the UP has surpassed Maharashtra in terms of sugar production and other factors.
Despite operating with only 118 sugar mills this season, lower than the 210 mills operational in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh has managed to secure the leading position in sugar production.
“The state has produced a total of 107.29 lakh tonnes of sugar (including 3.05 lakh tonnes of Khandsari) in the 2022-23 season as compared to 105.30 lakh tonnes of sugar produced by Maharashtra.” Said, Chaudhary.
“UP has produced 2,348 lakh tonne of sugarcane as against 1,413 lakh tonnes in Maharashtra,” he said.
Sugar mills in UP crushed 1,084.57 lakh tonnes of cane while mills in Maharashtra crushed 1,053 lakh tonnes. Around 19.84 lakh tonnes of sugar in UP was diverted to ethanol production while in Maharashtra 15.70 lakh tonnes was utilized for ethanol production.