Maharashtra sugar mills shut early as drought hits cane crop: ISMA

Out of 147 Maharashtra sugar mills that started operations this year, 25 mills have stopped crushing as on 31 December, says ISMA


Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

Mumbai: More than two dozen mills in India’s top sugar producing state Maharashtra have stopped crushing due to cane shortage while many more mills are likely to shut before February end, a producers’ body said on Tuesday.

Sugar mills in Maharashtra typically operate between November to April, but this year cane supplies have fallen due to back-to-back droughts.

Out of 147 sugar mills that started operations this year, 25 mills have stopped crushing as on 31 December, Indian Sugar Mills Association said in a statement.

The country produced 8.09 million tonnes of the sweetener between 1 October and 31 December 0.4% higher than a year earlier, as crushing began few weeks earlier, it said.

The world’s biggest consumer is likely to produce 23.4 million tonnes of sugar in 2016/17, down about 7% from a year ago as back-to-back droughts ravaged the cane crop. Reuters

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