The sugar production in India as on December 15, 2018 for sugar year 2018-19 stands at 7.05mn tonnes, 2.1% higher than corresponding previous period. The sugar production for the corresponding previous period stood at 6.90mn tonnes.
According to ISMA, in Maharashtra, the sugar production as on December 15, 2018 for sugar year 2018-19 stands at 2.90mn tonnes as against 2.57mn tonnes during corresponding period of the previous year. In Uttar Pradesh, the sugar production stood at 1.89mn tonnes, which is comparatively lower than 2.34mn tonnes in the corresponding previous period. Sugar production in Karnataka for the period stands at 1.39mn tonnes vs. 1.12mn tonnes in the previous period.
The production in Maharashtra and Karnataka are slightly higher than last year at the same time because the mills have started their sugarcane crushing earlier as compared to the previous season. On the other hand, UP sugar mills had started their crushing this year slightly later as compared to last year and hence have produced less sugar than the previous sugar season at the same time.
Due to lower than normal rainfall and heavy infestation of white grub in several sugarcane growing districts of Maharashtra, sugar production in Maharashtra will be adversely affected. Therefore, Maharashtra is expected to produce less than last year.