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Agriculture | Drought lowers sugar production by 9.6%

Agriculture | Drought lowers sugar production by 9.6%
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First Published: Thu, Dec 17 2009. 10 34 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Dec 17 2009. 10 34 PM IST
Mumbai: Sugar output in India, the biggest grower after Brazil, fell 9.6% in the first two months of the season that began 1 October, said an official at the Indian Sugar Mills Association.
Mills produced 1.7 million tonnes (mt), down from 1.88mt a year ago, as drought hurt the cane crop and a price dispute delayed crushing, the official said. He didn’t want to be identified as the information was not public. Mills reported lower sugar recovery than a year earlier, he said.
Separately, the government has asked states to help lift stocks of imported sugar, which have filled up warehouses, junior farm minister K.V. Thomas said on Thursday.
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First Published: Thu, Dec 17 2009. 10 34 PM IST