The up gradation came in as a result of higher cane output of 340.5 million tonne during the ongoing sugar year. The increase in the sugarcane area in Punjab and better recovery percentage has resulted in a significant rise in the sugar output in the state over the previous year.
Sugar production in Punjab was reported at 2.95 million quintals in the current crushing season as compared to 1.82 million quintals during the corresponding period last year. Further, the total area under sugarcane cultivation in the state was 84,000 hectares this year while last year it was 60,000 hectares.
The country's sugar output surged by more than 16% to 13.4 million tonne in the first four-and-half months to February 15 of the 2010-11 sugar year, as compared to 11.5 million tonne in the corresponding period previous year.
The Government of India has estimated sugar output at 24.5 million tonne in the ongoing 2010-11 sugar year, as against approximately 19 million tonne in the previous year. Besides, the domestic consumption has been pegged at 22 million tonne.