India’s sugar production drops 8%, but Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu mills report higher output

sugar Industrial sources said that production in the country decreased by more than 8 percent to 32.1 million tons as of May 15 in the current sugar season (October 2022 – September 2023) compared to 34.92 million tons in the previous season.

Nearly 500 plants have closed operations, while 37 are still continuing fracking (as of May 15), including 16 in Tamil Nadu and 15 in Uttar Pradesh, as opposed to 116 plants that were in operation during the same period of the year. the past, which indicates a decrease in sugar production this season.

Production in Uttar Pradesh rose to 10.42 metric tons this season from 10.15 metric tons a year earlier, while it fell from 13.54 metric tons to 10.53 metric tons in Maharashtra. Karnataka reported the production of 5.5 million tons of sugar this season as against 5.82 tons in the previous season. Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Karnataka are the three largest sugar producers in the country.

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Tamil Nadu reported a 29.2 per cent increase in sugar production, while Bihar, where all mills were idle, recorded a significant increase of 37.2 per cent at 0.63 mt against 0.46 mt. The sources said sugar production in Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana increased this year as compared to the previous year.

“Uttar Pradesh may emerge as the largest producer as fracking continues in the state, while factories in Maharashtra were closed in March,” an industry official said.

Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), an industry body for private sugar companies, lowered its estimate of sugar production for the current season to 32.8 million tons from the previous estimate of 34 million tons after taking into account the decline in Maharashtra production and the marginal increase. Produced in Uttar Pradesh.

The annual domestic consumption of sugar is 27.5 metric tons. India produced 35.76 metric tons of sugar in the 2021-22 season.