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Government pegs 2016-17 sugar output at 22.52 MT; down 10.27 per cent

Government pegs 2016-17 sugar output at 22.52 MT; down 10.27 per cent

NEW DELHI: Sugar production in India, the world’s second largest producer after Brazil, is estimated to decline by 10.27 per cent to 22.52 million tonnes in ongoing season, but stock availability will be sufficient to meet the domestic demand, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said today.

The country’s sugar production had declined to 25.1 million tonnes in the 2015-16 season (October-September) due to drought in major growing states.
Paswan today reviewed prices and availability of sugar in the country in a meeting with senior officials of his ministry.

After the meeting, the Minister said, “The production of sugar has been estimated at about 22.52 million tonnes in the current sugar season.” It may be noted the government’s sugar production estimates for this year are lower than 23.26 million tonnes pegged by Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA).

The sugar estimates for this year have been finalised after a recent meeting with sugar commissioners of cane growing states.
The sugar estimates for this year have been finalised after a recent meeting with sugar commissioners of cane growing states.

Despite expected drop in sugar output for the second straight year, Paswan said, “Total availability in the country would be sufficient to meet the domestic consumption.”

While the domestic sugar consumption is estimated at about 25.5 million tonnes, the stock position at the close of the 2016-17 season is likely to be at 4.73 million tonnes, which will be carried forward for the next season, he added.

The Minister also said the government has taken necessary steps to maintain sufficient
stocks in the country and keep the sugar prices under check.

Sugar production is estimated to fall in 2016-17 season because of likely decline in sugarcane output on account of drought in key growing states including Maharashtra.

However in the next 2017-18 season, Paswan said, “Sugar production is expected to be
good and is likely to start early and therefore there will be no shortage of domestically produced sugar in India.”

By November 2017, another 2 million tonnes would be available from early crushing, he added.
Source: ECONOMIC TIMES

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