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Press Release on sugar production in 2012-13
21 Oct 2013
Sugar season 2012-13 has been closed with 251.42 lakh tons of sugar production. During Oct- Sep, 526 sugar mills have crushed about 2507 lakh tons of sugarcane, which was about 2.5% less sugarcane crush than the last sugar season, when India crushed 2570 lakh tons of cane to produce 263.42 lakh tons of sugar.
During Season 2012-13, not only was there lesser sugarcane crushing, but sugar recovery was also lower at about 10.03% in comparison to 10.25% of last year. Lower the recovery & lower sugarcane crush was on account of last year’s lower than normal rainfall in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Maharashtra has produced 79.94 lakh tons of sugar after crushing 701 lakh tons of sugarcane, with a total of 172 mills under crushing operation in the whole season. Sugarcane crushing for the season was 9% lower, while sugar production was 11% lower than last year. This is due to lower sugar recovery in 2012-13 at about 11.41%, as compared to 11.65% during last year.
Second largest State in sugar production, Uttar Pradesh, produced 74.85 lakh tons of sugar, with 122 sugar mills under operation during the season. Mills in U.P. crushed 815 lakh tons of sugarcane and reported 9.18% sugar recovery. U.P. sugar mills have crushed 6% more sugarcane, and produced 7.3% more sugar than last year. Better sugar recovery than last year’s of 9.07%, has helped in giving slightly more sugar production.
Karnataka crushed 333 lakh tons of sugarcane to produce 34.65 lakh tons of sugar, with 60 mills under crushing operations for the season. In Karnataka, sugarcane crushing was 4.2% lower, while sugar was 10.5% lower than last year. This has been due to the sugar recovery, which was 11.14% in 2011-12 and fell to 10.40% in 2012-13.
TN and AP produced 19.63 lakh tons & 9.93 lakh tons of sugar with 45 & 36 sugar mills under crushing operation therein respectively. Tamil Nadu also reported lower recovery of 0.46% lower than 9.33% in 2011-12.
As reported by the sugar mills to the Food Ministry in their statement upto 30
September, 2013, it has been estimated that the sugar consumption in 2012-13 sugar season was 228 lakh tons. This is 3.6% higher than consumption in 2011-12 of 220 lakh tons. Accordingly, the country as a whole, with 251.42 lakh tons of sugar production & 228 lakh tons of sugar consumption in SS 2012-13, it is expected that opening sugar balance for the SS 2013-14 will be 88.5 lakh tons.
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