Sugar production declines 2 per cent in current marketing year

 NEW DELHI: India's sugar production in the current marketing year reached 24.1 million tonnes as on April 15, down 2% from 24.5 million tonnes in the same period last year. 

Sugar output has come down due to low sugar recovery, currently standing at 10.11%, less by 0.18 units in comparison to last year, the
Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said.

Currently, 131 sugar mills in the country are operational against 169 during the same period last marketing year. Sugar marketing year runs from September to October. The sugarcane crushing season for this year will come to an end soon.

Uttar Pradesh has crushed 793 lakh tonnes of sugarcane to produce 7.2 million tonnes of sugar, which is about 5% higher than last year. Overall recovery in the state is 9.19%, which is about 0.13 units higher than last year.

Though there are contrasting trends in sugar recoveries in different parts of UP. While Western & Central Uttar Pradesh reported higher recovery than last year, Eastern Uttar Pradesh showed a downward trend in recoveries over last year.

Though, apart from UP, sugar output in all other states is quite low. Maharashtra has produced 7.9 million tonnes of sugar with 11.38% recovery. With only 18 mills are crushing, sugar production is down by 7% till date, with 0.19 units less recovery.

Karnataka, which has already closed its 2012-13 crushing season with 3.3 million tonnes of sugar, about 10% less than last year. Reported recovery of 2012-13 of 10.44% is less by 0.52 units than last year.

Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Gujrat produced 0.9 million tonnes, 1.4 million tonnes and 1.1 million tonnes of sugar respectively. The sugar mills operating in these states will close down their crushing soon. Same for sugar mills operating in Haryana and Uttaranchal. ISMA has estimated 24.5 million tonnes of sugar production in the full 2012-13 marketing year as against 26 million tonnes during the 2011-12 marketing year.