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On Dec 31, ’18, 501 sugar mills operational, produce 110.52 lakh tonne
Saturday, 05 January, 2019, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
As on December 31, 2018, 501 sugar mills were in operation in India, and produced 110.52 lakh tonne of sugar, as compared to 103.56 lakh tonne produced by 505 sugar mills as on December 31, 2017.

The slightly higher production of 6.96 lakh tonne was because Maharashtra and Karnataka sugar mills started their crushing earlier this year. However, due to the substantially lower rainfall and white grub infestation, Maharashtra will produce significantly lower quantity this year as compared to last year. Overall, the country is expected to produce much less sugar this season as compared to last year.

In Uttar Pradesh, 117 sugar mills were in operation, and they crushed about 286 lakh tonne of sugarcane and produced 31 lakh tonne as on December 31, 2018, with an average recovery of 10.84 per cent. In SS (sugar season) 2017-18, 116 sugar mills were in operation on December 31, 2017, and they had crushed around 328 lakh tonne of cane to produce 33.3 lakh tonne of sugar with an average recovery of 10.14 per cent. However, the yield per hectare is lower than last season, and hence, the sugar production in Uttar Pradesh is estimated to be lower than last season for the whole year.

In Maharashtra, 184 sugar mills, which were in operation, produced 43.98 lakh tonne till December 31, 2018, as against 183 sugar mills which produced 38.39 lakh tonne last year. From the beginning of the season and till December 31, 2018, the average sugar recovery percentage in the state stood at 10.50 per cent as against 10.23 per cent achieved for the corresponding period of 2017-18 SS. Due to lower availability of cane in Maharashtra and the early start, the mills therein would be closing much earlier than last year.

Sixty-three sugar mills in Karnataka were in operation on December 31, 2018, who have produced 20.45 lakh tonne of sugar, as compared to 16.83 lakh tonne produced by 63 sugar mills in SS 2017-18 on December 31, 2017.

In Gujarat, 16 sugar mills were operating for SS 2018-19, and produced 4.3 lakh tonne of sugar till December 31, 2018. In SS 2017-18, 17 sugar mills were in operation on December 31, 2017, and had produced 3.77 lakh tonne of sugar till that date.

In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, 23 sugar mills produced 2.15 lakh tonne of sugar till December 31, 2018. On December 31, 2017, 25 sugar mills were in operation, and had produced 2.10 lakh tonne of sugar on the corresponding date.

In Tamil Nadu, 27 sugar mills were in operation as compared to similar number of mills in operation on December 31 last year. The sugar mills in Tamil Nadu produced 1.40 lakh tonne of sugar till December 31, 2018 as against 0.96 lakh tonne produced last year on the corresponding date.

The mills of Bihar produced 2.30 lakh tonne, those in Haryana produced 1.60 lakh tonne, those in Punjab produced 1.20 lakh tonne, those in Uttarakhand produced 0.87 lakh tonne and those in Madhya Pradesh produced 1.20 lakh tonne, till December 31, 2018.

Based on satellite images of the remaining harvestable sugarcane area, the trend of recovery, yield and drawal percentage of sugarcane achieved so far, ISMA will review the estimate of sugar production for SS 2018-19 in the third week of January 2019, and if required, revise its estimates.
 
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