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No plans for duty-free sugar imports, sufficient stock available: Paswan

Sugarcane production in the next season looked good owing to favourable weather conditions: Paswan

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan addresses the media outside Parliament during the winter session, in New Delhi.Photo: PTI
Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan | Photo: PTI

Union Food Minister on Saturday dismissed the reports of the shortage of in the country and ruled out the possibility of import at this juncture.

"The 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," told the media here.

He added that the may import if the situation worsens. "But we do not see any problem with availability at this juncture," said.

The had in April this year allowed import up to five lakh tonnes to boost and check amid production fall.

The production of in the next season looked good owing to favourable weather conditions, the minister said.

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

First Published: Sat, August 12 2017. 20:20 IST