India's sugar production till November 30 hits 39.7 lakh tonnes, says ISMA
PUNE: According to private industry body Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), Indian sugar mills have 39.73 lakh tonnes of sugar till November 30, which is almost similar to the sugar production of 39.14 lakh tonnes during same period of previous year.
According to a release issued by ISMA: "As compared to 450 sugar factories which were crushing sugarcane last year on November 30, 2017, 415 sugar mills are crushing sugarcane on November 30, 2018 this year."
In Maharashtra, 167 sugar mills have started crushing operations and are running in full swing. As on 30 November, 2018, these mills have produced 18.05 lakh tonne, 21% higher than the sugar production of last year on the same date.
In the case of Uttar Pradesh 109 sugar mills were crushing sugarcane on November 30, 2018 and have produced 9.50 lakh tonne till that date. At the end of November, 2017 last year, 108 sugar mills were crushing in Uttar Pradesh who had produced 13.11 lakh tonne. Sugar production this year is slow as compared to last year because in the current season, sugar mills had a delayed start of crushing by a fortnight or so.
In the State of Karnataka 63 sugar mills were crushing on November 30, 2018 and 7.93 lakh tonne of sugar was produced. As compared to this, last year as on November 30, 2017, 62 sugar mills were operating this time who had produced 7.02 lac tons of sugar.
In Gujarat, 16 sugar mills were crushing on November 30, 2018 and they have produced 1.95 lac tons of sugar. Last year on November 30, 2017, 17 mills were in operation and they had produced 1.78 lakh tonne of sugar.
Crushing operations in all the other states have also begun and slowly the pace of crushing is picking up. About 60 sugar mills are operating in other states and have produced 2.30 lakh tonne in this season upto November 30, 2018, which in the previous season was 2.35 lakh tonne, when 91 mills were operating as on November 30, 2017.