INDIA - India’s sugar production has recorded an increase of 3.2 million tonnes at 26.35 million tonnes as on April 15, 2015.
During the same period last year, sugar production was recorded at 23.15 million tonnes, Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said recently.
ISMA said, main reasons for increase in production are increase in recovery percentage of sugar. During the current year, till April 15, 2015, sugar recovery has been around 9.53 per cent, as against last season’s cumulative average of 9.29 per cent.
There are 50 sugar mills working as on April 15, 2015, as against 42 which were working as on April 15, 2014.
Out of the 530 sugar mills which started crushing operation this year, 240 sugar mills have already closed down and 290 mills are still crushing sugarcane. Of the remaining 290 sugar mills, 100 mills are in Maharashtra, 50 mills in U.P., 44 in Karnataka and 36 in Tamil Nadu, ISMA adds.
Sugar mills of Maharashtra have produced 9.96 million tonnes of sugar till April 15, 2015, as against 7.44 million tonnes produced by them during the same period last season during 2013-14.
In Uttar Pradesh state sugar mills have produced 6.78 million tonnes of sugar, 530,000 more than produced during the same period last year.
Sugar production in Karnataka was recorded at 4.5 million tonnes, as compared to 4.11 million tonnes produced last season up to the corresponding period.
In Tamil Nadu sugar output was down to 825,000 tonnes, as compared to 1.01 million tonnes produced during 2013-14 sugar season. Gujarat sugar mills have produced 1.10 million tonnes of sugar, against 1.15 million tonnes till April 14, 2015.
Crushing operations in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have almost come to an end as only 4 sugar mills are working as of now. Till April 15, 2015, sugar mills have produced 875,000 tonnes of sugar, as against 977,000 tonnes produced by them during the corresponding date of 2013-14.