"The sugar season starts in October. The closing stock (balance from the previous season) this season will be about 42 lakh tonnes, which will be able to meet our demands in October and November. Also, we have asked the state to start to ensure cane crushing by October. We do not think there will be any need of zero duty import," Paswan told the media here.
The production of sugarcane in the next season looked good owing to favourable weather conditions, the minister said.
Paswan said the total availability this season (October 2016-September 2017) was 279 lakh tonnes following the production of 204 lakh tonnes with a closing stock of 70 lakh tonnes and imports of four lakh tonnes this summer.
The minister also added that the import duty on pulses had been increased to 25 per cent in the backdrop of a fall in prices in the domestic market.