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Pakistan Gov't Urged to Allow Sugar Export Before Crushing Season

02 October 2012

PAKISTAN - The sugar industry as well as farmers' representatives have requested the government to allow export of sugar before the commencement of next crushing season.

"If the government does not allow 0.9 million tons of sugar export the sugar stocks would rise and the industry would not purchase cane from the growers in the next season," Chairman Agri-Forum Pakistan Ibrahim Mughal told Business Recorder.

Mughal said currently the country had sufficient stock of 1.2 million tons of sugar while per month domestic consumption of sugar in the country is 0.3 million tons. The government needs to allow export of surplus sweetener to enable the industry to purchase cane from growers during the next season, he added. Mughal said timely export of sugar will not only benefit millers but also help growers in the next season. "If timely export of sugar is not allowed by the government, no one would be ready to purchase sugarcane from growers," he said.

However, sources in the Ministry of Industries said currently the total stock of sugar in the country stands at 1.88 million tons, of which Punjab has 1.19 million tons, Sindh 0.618 million tons and KP 80,000 tons sugar. Total per month domestic consumption of sugar in the country stands at 0.35 tons, sources added. Sources said sugar production in 2011-12 stood at 4.75 million tons: Sindh produced 1.3 million tons; Punjab 3.1 million tons while Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa produced 350,000 tons of sugar.

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