According to the Indian Sugar Mills Association’s press release, from 1st October 2019 to 15th May 2020, sugar mills have produced nearly 265 lakh tons of sugar, 60 lakh tons lower than the corresponding period last year.
Sugar Production in UP & Maharashtra:
In the largest sugar producing state, Uttar Pradesh, 63 sugar mills were crushing sugarcane on 15th May 2020 as compared to 38 mills on 15th May 2019. The mills located in the state have produced around 122 lakh tons of sugar as on 15th May 2020. However, in Maharashtra, the sugar production was 60.87 lakh tons till 15th May 2020.
Sugar Output in Other Indian States:
The remaining states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Odisha have collectively produced 32.75 lac tons till 15th May, 2020, according to ISMA (Indian Sugar Mills Association).
Contracts for exports being signed:
The contracts for exportation of nearly 42 lac tons have been made till the beginning of May 2020, according to market sources, and about 36 lac tons of sugar have dispatched from the mills for export so far. Contracts for export of sugar are being signed to various destinations, including Indonesia and Iran. Shipments are likely to normalize in the days to come.
It is worth noting that ISMA is a premier sugar organization, acting as an interface between the government and the sugar industry. Its main objective is to safeguard the interests of both the private and public sugar mills. From doing satellite mapping of sugarcane areas to maintaining a shareable database for the sugar industry, ISMA has taken up several initiatives for the betterment of sugarcane farmers.