Mumbai: Cane crushing in Maharashtra has slowed down this week due to rains in the growing regions, and that could impact sugar production this year, government and industry officials said on Friday.
“Crushing is down by more than 50% in Kolhapur region due to the rains..., This is impacting sugar production,” Balasaheb Pandurang Patil, chairman of Maharashtra State Sugar Factories Federation Ltd, said.
Sugar output in Maharashtra, the leading producer in India, had touched 9.1 million tonnes (mt) in the year ending September.
An earlier industry estimate had put the production at 8.4-8.6mt in the year ending September 2008.
Expectation of a lower production this year is mainly due to a delay in crushing, by almost 45 days, following a lingering monsoon and festivals in early November.