Diversion of sugarcane from jaggery, khandsari items as a consequence of lockdown, have contributed to higher output

Sugar mills throughout the nation have produced 268.21 lakh tonnes (LT) of sugar until May 31, practically 18 per cent decrease than the production within the corresponding interval within the earlier sugar season, mentioned Indian Sugar Mills’ Association (ISMA) on Tuesday.

Sugar mills produced 327.53 lt of sugar throughout the earlier sugar season. India’s sugar season runs from October to September.

Sugar production this year thus far has been three lt extra than the 265 lt projected by the sugar business physique earlier. This was as a result of some amount of sugarcane acquired diverted to the sugar mills as many jaggery and khandsari (unrefined sugar) producers in Uttar Pradesh shut their operations as a result of lockdown, ISMA mentioned. It additionally expects a further 6 lt of sugar production within the present season, as 18 sugar mills – primarily in UP — are nonetheless crushing sugarcane, apart from having a particular sugar season in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka later within the year.

Sugar mills in UP have thus far produced 125.46 lt of sugar, which is 7.65 lt extra than the earlier season’s 117.81 lt until May 31, whereas their counterparts in Maharashtra produced 60.98 lt of sugar, which is about 46.2 lt much less than that within the earlier season. As sugar mills in Karnataka are already closed for crushing operations, the quantum of sugar produced within the State stays at 33.82 lt.

On the opposite hand, mills in Tamil Nadu have produced 5.78 lt of sugar thus far, as in opposition to 7.22 lt in the identical interval final year. A particular season has been introduced in Tamil Nadu this year too. Last year, Tamil Nadu mills produced 2.13 lt throughout the particular season.

The different sugar-producing states, together with Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana and Punjab, collectively produced 42.17 lt of sugar until the top of May, in response to ISMA.

Meanwhile, the Oil Marketing Companies on Monday floated their third spherical of Expressions of Interest (EOI), inviting additional bids from ethanol producers for an additional 99 crore litres of ethanol within the present year, for provides from July 1 to November 30 this year.

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June 02, 2020

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