As on 15th December, 2017, 469 sugar mills were crushing sugarcane for the sugarcane season (SS) 2017-18 against 449 mills last year same time. They have produced 69.40 lakh tonnes of sugar till 15th December 2017 in 2017-18 SS, i.e. 15.94 lakh tonnes (29.8%) higher than the sugar production on the corresponding date of previous sugar season, of 53.46 lakh tonnes of sugar, a statement released by Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA).
The sugar production, as on 30th November this year which was 41.4% higher than last year same time, is now 29.8% higher this year, on 15th December over last year same time. The difference with last year is lower now by mid December 2017.
ISMA estimates a normal sugar production of 251 lakh tonnes in 2017-18 SS, as compared to a very low production of only 203 lakh tonnes last year, and hence the higher production trend upto 15th December 2017. It is totally as expected and estimated.
In Maharashtra, 176 sugar mills are in operation and they have produced 25.50 lakh tonnes of sugar till 15th December, 2017. In 2016-17 SS, there were 144 sugar mills in operation as on 15th December, 2016 and they had produced 17.25 lac tons. This is on expected lines as ISMA expects 74 lakh tonnes of sugar production this season, as compared to only 42 lakh tonnes produced last year.
In Uttar Pradesh, 116 have produced 23.37 lakh tonnes of sugar till 15th December, 2017 as compared to 115 sugar mills produced 17.66 lakh tonnes last year on the corresponding period. This small increase was expected as U.P. would be producing around 101.5 lakh tonnes of sugar this year as compared to almost 88 lakh tonnes produced last year.
The third largest producer of sugar viz. Karnataka, have produced 11.50 lac tons of sugar till 15th December, 2017. This is about 0.50 lac tons higher than the sugar production in 2016-17 SS as on 15th December, 2016. During the current 2017-18 SS, 60 sugar mills are in operation as on 15th December, as compared to 59 operated on the corresponding date of 2016.
As regards Gujarat, 17 sugar mills are in operation and they have produced 2.75 lakh tonnes of sugar till 15th December, 2017. In 2016-17 SS, as on 15th December, 2016, 19 sugar mills were in operation and they had produced 2.50 lakh tonnes of sugar till that date.
In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, 20 sugar mills could start crushing till 15th December, 2017 and they produced about 1 lakh tonnes of sugar till that date. Last year, similar number of mills were in operation on 15th December 2016 and they had produced same quantum of sugar.
There are 13 sugar mills in Tamil Nadu in operation and sugar production till 15th December, 2017 was about 0.75 lakh tonnes, as compared to 0.79 lakh tonnes produced by 23 sugar mills as on 15th December, 2016.
In regard to Bihar, Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh, there are 10, 16, 14 and 19 sugar mills are in operation respectively and they have produced 1 lakh tonnes, 0.80 lakh tonnes, 1.15 lakh tonnes and 0.75 lakh tonnes, respectively.