Sugarcane crushing for sugar season 2018-19 has started on time and sugar production as on November 15, 2018 was 11.63 lakh tonnes, as compared to 13.73 lakh tonnes produced as on November 15, 2017, Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) has said today.
As on November 15, 2018, 238 sugar mills were crushing sugarcane, as compared to 349 sugar mills crushing last year by November 15, 2017.
Most of the sugar mills in Uttar Pradesh have started crashing in the first half of November 2018, whereas 38 mills had started crushing in October last year. Due to late start, UP sugar mills have produced 1.76 lakh tonnes of sugar upto November 15, 2018 as against 5.67 lakh tonnes produced last year till November 15.
In Maharashtra, sugar mills have started their crushing operations earlier this season, in latter part of October. Accordingly, as on November 15, 2018, though only 108 mills were in operation, they produced 6.31 lakh tonnes of sugar. Last year, sugar mills started crushing late than usual, from November 5, only, thus as on November 15, 2017, even though 160 mills were in operation, they produced 3.26 lakh tonnes only as on November 15, 2017.
In Karnataka, 36 sugar mills were in operation as on November 15, 2018 and produced 1.85 lakh tonnes, as compared to 59 mills who had produced 3.71 lakh tonnes last year on the corresponding period.
There were 14 sugar mills in operation in Gujarat as on November 15, 2018 and these mills have produced 1.05 lakh tonnes till that date. However, last year in the same period, 15 mills had produced only 80,000 tonnes of sugar.
The 4 sugar mills in Tamil Nadu have started crushing till November 15, 2018 and they produced 60,000 tonnes of sugar. Last year, 6 mills were operating, which produced 17,000 tonnes till November 15.