October-April sugar output slides 8% to 24.34 mt
Country's sugar output fell by 8 per cent to 24.34 million tonnes till April 15 of the current marketing year ending September, while exports stood at 1.35 million tonnes, industry body ISMA said on Monday. Cane dues to be paid by mills to farmers remained lower at about Rs 13,300 crore so far this year as against Rs 21,800 crore in the year-ago, it said in a statement.
Mills had manufactured 26.46 million tonnes (mt) of sugar in the same period last year. According to the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), the sugar output fell mainly in Maharashtra and Karnataka. Only 117 mills were operating across the country till April 15 of this year, as against 245 mills in the year-ago period.
Production in Maharashtra, the country's leading sugar producing state, fell to 8.36 mt of sugar till April 15 of this marketing year from 9.96 mt in the year-ago period. The sugar recovery rate was 11.29 per cent in the state, which crushed less quantity of sugarcane at 7.4 mt this year.
Sugar output in Uttar Pradesh, the second biggest producing state, was at 6.77 mt till April 15 of this year, which is almost at last year's level. The sugar recovery rate was higher at 10.6 per cent in the state.