Sugar production till 30th November, 2016 in the current 2016-17 SS is 27.41 lac tons, which is 4.06 lac tons more than the production in the last season upto the same corresponding period when 23.35 lac tons of sugar was produced. As compared to 340 sugar factories which were crushing sugarcane last year on 30th November, 2015, 365 sugar mills were crushing sugarcane on 30th November, 2016 this year.
Most of the sugar mills in Maharashtra have started their crushing operation and 136 sugar mills were crushing sugarcane as on 30th November, 2016 as compared to 161 last year. They have produced 9.50 lac tons of sugar upto 30th November, 2016 as compared to 12.90 lac tons produced in the corresponding period last year. This is mainly because mills in Maharashtra started their crushing late this year.
In the case of Uttar Pradesh, 101 sugar mills were crushing sugarcane on 30th November, 2016 who have produced 8.51 lac tons. At the end of November, 2015 last year, 61 sugar mills were crushing in Uttar Pradesh who had produced 1.74 lac tons, which is about 6.77 lakh tons less than what they have already produced this year.
In the State of Karnataka, 58 sugar mills were crushing on 30th November, 2016 and 7 lac tons of sugar was produced. As compared to this, last year as on 30th November, 2015, 60 sugar mills were crushing sugarcane who had produced 5.61 lac tons of sugar.
In Gujarat, 18 sugar mills have started crushing on 30th November, 2016 and they have produced 1.37 lac tons of sugar. Last year on 30th November, 2015, 18 mills were in operation and they produced 2.25 lac tons of sugar.
Crushing operation in all the other States have also begun and slowly and slowly the pace of crushing is picking up. The other States have produced 1.03 lac tons in this season upto 30th November, 2016, which in the previous season upto 30th November, 2015 was 0.85 lac tons.
The sugar despatched from sugar mills in first month of current season i.e. October 2016, was 20.64 lac tons, 2.35 lac tons lower as compared to 22.99 lac tons depatched in October 2015, last year. However, in the month of September 2016 the sugar despatched was 20.31 lac tons, slightly higher than 19.19 lac tons sugar despatched last year, in the month of September 2015. The lifting of sugar from mill has slowed down significantly, which has also resulted in a further fall in ex-mill sugar prices across the country.