India's sugar output slows down in Oct-Feb

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The Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) which is an industrial association consisting of more than 650 public and private sector sugar mills stated that India which is the world's top consumer and the biggest producer of the sweeter after Brazil has recorded an output of 18.76 million tonnes (mt) of sugar between October 1, 2012 and February 28, 2013 against 18.82 million tonnes in the corresponding period last year as a result of the decline in the availability of sugarcane in States like Maharashtra and Karnataka.

This has resulted in the early closure of factories for the 2012-13 season due to which the production has declined by 60,000 tonnes against the previous year.

Maharashtra, the top producing state, which was ahead in sugar production over last year sometime ago has recorded only 6.53 million tonnes during the period, a tad higher than 6.50 million tonnes produced a year ago.

The output in Uttar Pradesh, the second-biggest producer fell to 5 million tonnes against 5.3 million tonnes a year earlier as a result of cold weather conditions.

However, in Karnataka, the sugar output, so far, stood at 3.02 million tonnes, about 3 per cent more than last year.

The Indian Sugar Mills Association has estimated 24.3 million tonnes of sugar production for the crushing season 2012-13.

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Story first published: Monday, March 4, 2013, 23:30 [IST]
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