INDIA - Indian sugar production has recorded an increase of 2.8 million tonnes during the current season up to March 15, 2015 at 22.18 million tonnes, Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said recently.
During the same period last year, sugar production was recorded at 19.38 million tonnes, ISMA adds. As on March 15, 2015, 476 sugar mills were still under operation, which were 409 mills last year at the same time.
It is important to note that 43 sugar mills in the country have already closed their operations, out of which 17 are in Uttar Pradesh, 7 in Maharashtra and 11 in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana. Maharashtra sugar mills have produced 8.40 million tonnes of sugar, against 6.41 million tonnes produced till the same period last year.
As compared to 111 sugar mills which were still crushing sugarcane last season, 170 sugar mills continue to crush sugarcane in this season now.
Sugar mills in Uttar Pradesh have produced 5.62 million tonnes of sugar, as compared to 5.07 million tonnes during the same corresponding period last season. As against 113 sugar mills operating last year at this time, 101 sugar mills are crushing sugarcane now.
Karnataka sugar mills have produced 3.8 million tonnes of sugar and 62 sugar mills are still crushing sugarcane now, as compared to 3.45 million tonnes and 51 sugar mills were operating as on March 15, 2014. One sugar mill has reportedly shut down their crushing operations by March 15, 2015.
The sugar output from other states were down to 4.34 million tonnes, as compared to 4.45 million tonnes tons produced in the last season (Gujarat 950,000 tonnes; Bihar 520,000 tonnes; Haryana 400,000 tonnes; Punjab 425,000 tonnes; A.P & Telengana 810,000 tonnes; Tamil Nadu 620,000 tonnes; Uttarakhand 260,000 tonnes; Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh 310,000 tonnes).