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Mills produce 246.03 lakh tonne of sugar till April 30; down 11%: ISMA
Wednesday, 04 May, 2016, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
From the beginning of the current 2015-16 season and till April 30, 2016, sugar mills have produced 246.03 lakh tonne of sugar, down 11% as compared to 276.04 lakh tonne produced in 2014-15 SS at the same corresponding period, according to a press release issued by ISMA (Indian Sugar Mills Association) recently.

Sugar crushing operations for 2015-16 Sugar Season in most parts of the country have come to an end on April 30, 2016. Some 48 sugar mills were still continuing their crushing operations as on date, as against 97 sugar mills which were operating on the same date last year. Out of the 48, 35 sugar mills still operating are in Tamil Nadu. The other sugar mills are in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Haryana, which may close in next few days.  

Sugar mills in UP have produced 68 lakh tonne of sugar till April 30, 2016, as compared to 70.42 lakh tonne produced on corresponding date in 2014-15 SS.  Last year, 14 sugar mills were still operating as on April 30, 2015. However, during the current season only one sugar mill is operating on April 30, 2016. During the current sugar season, cane crushed by sugar mills was about 70 lakh tonne less, as compared to last season and this is the main reason for drop in sugar production, despite higher recovery.

Maharashtra mills have produced 83.75 lakh tonne of sugar as on April 30, 2016, with five sugar mills still in operation. Last year during the same period, sugar mills in this state had produced 103.47 lakh tonne with 30 sugar mills in operation.  

In Karnataka, almost all the sugar mills have stopped crushing for the season except a couple of mills. Till April 30, 2016, sugar mills in the state have produced 40.37 lakh tonne of sugar, compared with 48.06 lakh tonne produced last season at the corresponding date. In 2014-15 SS, about 17 sugar mills were operating as on April 30, 2015. Few mills in Southern Karnataka will again start their crushing operations in July 2016 and few thousand tons of sugar is likely to be produced in the remaining period of the current sugar season.

In Tamil Nadu, 35 sugar mills are still operating as on April 30, 2016, and they have produced 10.50 lakh tonne of sugar, as compared to 9.48 lakh tonne produced in 2014-15 SS on the same corresponding period, when 23 mills were operating. During the current 2015-16 SS, it is expected that these sugar mills will continue till end of May 2016 and a few mills will again start their special season in July 2016, when a few lakh tonne of sugar would get produced in Tamil Nadu.

As regards sugar production in other states, Gujarat has produced 11.60 lakh tonne, Uttarakhand 2.68 lakh tonne, Bihar 5.01 lakh tonne, Punjab 6.35 lakh tonne, Haryana 5.40 lakh tonne, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh 3.67 lakh tonne, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana 8.10 lakh tonne. In comparison with last season, except Punjab where sugar production in the current season is one lakh tonne more than last season, other states have produced slightly lower.

Considering the number of sugar mills which are in operation as on April 30, 2016, and cane availability in these states, sugar production in the current season is expected to be just above 250 lakh tonne by the end of September 2016.  However, with the carry forward of 90.80 lakh tonne from previous season and estimated domestic consumption of 256 lakh tonne and exports of 15 lakh tonne, sugar mills would still have a carryover stocks of 70 lakh tonne at the end of the current season. 
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