INDIA - Indian sugar production has recorded an increase of 2.18 million tonnes at 16.70 million tonnes as on February 15, 2015.
During the same period last year, sugar production was recorded at 14.52 million tonnes, Indian sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said in a statement recently.
Out of the estimated 26 million tonnes of sugar in 2014-15 sugar season 518 sugar mills operational, as compared to 479 sugar mills operating during the same period last year.
In Uttar Pradesh, 118 sugar mills were in operation and they produced 4.22 million tonnes, as on February 15, 2015, as compared to 119 sugar mills in operation during the same period produced 3.57 million tonnes of sugar.
In Maharashtra, there were 178 sugar mills in operation as on February 15, 2015. These mills together produced 6.5 million tonnes of sugar till February 15, 2015 as compared to 4.98 million produced by 146 sugar mills last season same period.
The third largest producer of sugar in the country, Karnataka produced 2.82 million tonnes of sugar during the period, in comparison with 2.72 million tonnes of sugar produced till February 15, 2014. There are 62 sugar mills in operation in the state as compared to 56 sugar mills last season same time.
Sugar production in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana was down to 644,000 tonnes from 29 sugar mills, as compared to 658,000 tonnes produced by 30 sugar mills as on February 15, 2014.
In Tamil Nadu, sugar output recorded a negative growth at 325,000 tonnes by 40 sugar mills for 2014-15 sugar season, as compared to 520,000 tonnes sugar produced by 40 sugar mills as on February 15, 2014.
Gujarat produced 725,000 tonnes of sugar during the period, as compared to 750,000 tonnes during February 15, 2014. In Bihar, all 11 sugar mills which are in operation produced 415,000 tonnes of sugar up to February 15, 2015, as compared to 320,000 tonnes produced by these mills last year same period.