The production of sugar rose by 26% and stood at 103.26 lakh tonnes (LT) in the October-December period of current season compared to the same period of previous year. As per data compiled by the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), mills had produced 81.91 LT of the sweetener in the same period of 2016-17 season (October-September). The increase is basically from UP and Maharashtra who have produced 7 LT and 13 LT, respectively more than last year.
In Maharashtra, 180 sugar mills, which are in operation, have produced 38.24 LT till December 31, 2017, as against 120 sugar mills which produced 25.35 LT last year. From the beginning of the season and till December 31, 2017, average sugar recovery in the state stands at 10.23% as against 10.29% achieved for the corresponding period of 2016-17 SS.
Besides, in Uttar Pradesh, 116 sugar mills are in operation and they have crushed about 333 LT of sugarcane and produced 33.80 LT as on December 31, 2017, with an average recovery of 10.15%. In 2016-17 SS, same numbers of sugar mills were in operation on December 31, 2016 and they crushed around 272 LT of cane to produce 26.78 LT of sugar with an average recovery of 9.87%.