The production of sugar in the country is likely to decline by 7% in the crushing season 2016-17 on account of a sharp decline in cane output in Maharashtra and Karnataka. Based on the satellite image captured during the second week of September of cane acreage, Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) estimates sugar production at 23.37 million tonnes (MT) for the ensuring crushing season beginning October 1, 2016 against 25.1 MT of the sweetener output reported in the previous year.
Following two years of consequent drought, Maharashtra will lose a quarter of its production to claim second position in terms of sugar production with 6.27 MT for sugar season (SS) 2016-17 as compared with 8.41 MT in the previous year. The apex industry body survey forecast 22% decline in sugar output in Karnataka at 3.19 MT for SS 2016-17 as against 4.07 MT in SS 2015-16.
However, the state of Uttar Pradesh will claim the first position with 12% increase in sugar production at 7.67 MT for SS 2016-17 in comparison with 6.84 MT during last year. Sugar output is estimated to increase in Tamil Nadu by 12% to 1.56 MT this season as against 1.39 MT in the previous sugar season.
In July 2016, ISMA had released its preliminary estimates of sugar production for 2016-17 SS, based on the first survey of satellite mapping carried out in June 2016 with an initial sugar production estimate at 23.26 MT.