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Sugar production up 11% at 25.1 mn tonne in Oct-Apr

Output up 500,000 tn in Maharashtra

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

has risen 11% to 25.1 million tonnes during October-April, 2011-12, driven by higher output in Uttar Pradesh, industry body ISMA said today.

The country had produced about 22.6 million tonne in the same period last marketing year (October-September).

"Most of the increase has been contributed by Uttar Pradesh, which has seen a rise of almost 1.1 million tonne in at 6.95 million tonne this year so far," Indian Mills Association (ISMA) said in a statement.

The output has risen by 500,000 tonnes in Maharashtra, a major producing state, at 8.83 million tonnes.

The in Karnataka stood at 3.71 million tonne, in at 1.57 million tonne and in at 1.11 million tonne during the period under review.

Buoyed by the higher output, the association is confident of meeting its target of 26 million tonnes for the ongoing marketing season.

"ISMA is absolutely certain that its estimate of 26 million tonnes projected way back in July 2011 will be achieved," the association said.

The balance 900,000 tonnes would come largely from which is expected to still produce about 650,000 tonnes between May and September in the current season, it said.

During last year, mills produced 690,000 lakh tons in May-September.

ISMA's projection is, however, higher than the government's estimate of 25.2 million tonne for this year.

However, the number of mills still crushing sugarcane is lower at 129 as on May 1 2012, in comparison to 174 mills last year on the same date, ISMA said.

In view of 64 mills still crushing sugarcane in Maharashtra, ISMA expects another 200,000 tonnes to be produced by mills there in the next couple of months and Karnataka to produce just about 100,000 tonnes, partly in May and partly in September, 2012.

First Published: Wed, May 02 2012. 16:58 IST