19 April 2022, New Delhi: Sugar mills across the country have produced 329.91 lakh tonnes (lt) of sugar till April 15 – which is higher than 291.82 lt produced at the same time last year, the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) stated.
Compared with 170 mills that were crushing sugarcane in April last year, there are 305 mills crushing sugarcane during the same period this year.
ISMA, in a press statement, on Monday stated that Maharashtra has recorded sugar production of 126.48 lt till April 15 against 103.95 lt produced last year during the same period. This is almost 22.53 lakh tonnes higher than last year.
In the current 2021-22 sugar season, 45 mills have reportedly closed their crushing operations in Maharashtra and 153 sugar mills are operating currently. On the corresponding date in the last season, only 54 mills were in operation in the State, which went on to produce another 2.55 lt of sugar last year.
In Uttar Pradesh, 120 mills that were in operation, have produced 94.41 lt sugar. Of the 120 mills, 52 have stopped crushing operations. A similar number of mills operated last year in the State and had produced 100.86 lt as of April 15, 2021.
In the case of Karnataka, 72 sugar mills have produced 59 lt of the sweetener.
As per market reports and port information, around 80 lt of sugar export have been contracted so far. Of that, about 57.17 lt have been shipped out during October – March period, against 31.85 lt exported in the last sugar year during the same period.
It is also reported that about 7-8 lakh tonnes of sugar is in pipeline for export in April.
In the current year, major export destinations are Indonesia and Bangladesh, accounting for almost 44 per cent of total exports, against 48 per cent shared collectively by Indonesia and Afghanistan last year during the corresponding period.