Sugar output down 11% at 7.4 mn tonne during Oct 1-Dec 15 of 2023-24 mkt yr

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Indian mills produced 7.4 million metric tons of sugar between Oct. 1 and Dec. 15, a 10.7% fall from the previous year, as many mills in Maharashtra and Karnataka started operations nearly a fortnight late this year, a leading trade body said on Monday.

 


Maharashtra’s sugar production fell to 2.44 million tons from 3.3 million tons, while Karnataka’s production dropped 11.7% to 1.7 million tons, the Indian Sugar Mills Association said in a statement.

 


Production in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh rose 9% to 2.2 million tons as mills started operations early there, it said.


India has decided to allow sugar mills to divert up to 1.7 million tons of sugar for ethanol production, government and industry officials said on Friday, as New Delhi aims to reduce disruptions in its ambitious biofuel programme.

 


With Prime Minister Narendra Modi facing election next year, India, which is highly sensitive to food inflation, was likely to ban sugar exports, the first restriction on exports since 2016.

First Published: Dec 18 2023 | 2:00 PM IST

According to the Indian Sugar Mills Association, sugar production in India has decreased by 10.7% from the previous year. This decline is attributed to many mills in Maharashtra and Karnataka starting operations late this year. Maharashtra’s sugar production fell to 2.44 million tons from 3.3 million tons, while Karnataka’s production dropped by 11.7% to 1.7 million tons. On the other hand, production in Uttar Pradesh rose by 9% to 2.2 million tons as mills started operations early there. In an effort to reduce disruptions in India’s biofuel program, the government has allowed sugar mills to divert up to 1.7 million tons of sugar for ethanol production. It is also speculated that India may ban sugar exports, which would be the first restriction on exports since 2016.,

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