Sugar production down 22% to 233 lakh tonnes till March 31, says ISMA

Sugar mills in the state produced 232.seventy four lakh tonnes (lt) of sugar till March

Sugar mills in the state produced 232.seventy four lakh tonnes (lt) of sugar till March 31, virtually 22 for each cent reduced than the 296.eighty two lt produced in the corresponding interval of the preceding calendar year, explained a statement issued by the Indian Sugar Mills Affiliation (ISMA) on Wednesday.

Even however the spread of Covid-19 and subsequent lockdown initially disrupted the motion of sugar due to very poor availability of vehicles, interventions by the Meals Ministry and notifications by the Home Ministry have served the mills resume dispatches more than the previous four-five times, ISMA explained. The sugar sector human body explained there is ample sugar stock in the state and there will not be any scarcity.

Lime availability

With regard to inputs for operating sugar mills, the significant stress was unavailability of lime because of the closing down of lime quarries in Rajasthan subsequent the lockdown. Even so, the Rajasthan government has explained lime quarries and kilns can resume functions, ISMA explained.

Mills in Uttar Pradesh, the No 1 sugar producing State, produced 97.2 lt of sugar till March 31, a tiny additional than ninety five.67 lt in the preceding-calendar year interval. Out of 119 sugar mills, only 6 have stopped crushing functions so far. In Maharashtra, on the other hand, sugar manufacturing was 58.70 lt when compared to one zero five.16 lt in the preceding-calendar year interval. Out of 118 mills that operated this calendar year, 28 mills are nevertheless crushing sugarcane.

Mills in Karnataka produced 33.5 lt sugar till March 31, about 10 lt reduced than in the preceding calendar year interval. Sugar manufacturing from States which include Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Bihar was at forty three.34 lt.

Ethanol provide

ISMA explained sugar providers are dealing with some difficulties in ethanol provide. This is mainly because of reduced offtake of petrol, due to which some of the depots of the oil promoting providers (OMCs) are not able to get even more supplies of ethanol due to deficiency of storage house.

Considering that individual contracts have been entered into amongst sugar providers and OMCs for ethanol supplies, which are depot-unique throughout the state, ISMA requested OMCs to reallocate the quantities to other depots where they have tankage/storage house.