Lucknow: Coronavirus has impacted the sugar industry in India, but fighting against the corona, mills are still operating. In Maharashtra, only 1 sugar mill is operating. Whereas in Uttar Pradesh, 46 sugar mills are still operating. With this, Uttar Pradesh also sets new record in sugar production.
According to the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), Uttar Pradesh sugar mills 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.
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. And this has helped in more sugar production in Uttar Pradesh.
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