According to the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), the production of sugar in India as of 15 April 2018 stood at 29.98 million tonnes (mt). The leading industrial association said that sugar production in the country has gone beyond the estimated levels of 29 mt. This was the expected output for the entire sugar season. The various sugar mills in India manufactured 29.98 mt.
It is anticipated that production of sugar in the country may cross 30 million tonnes in October 2017 to September 2018. The ISMA stated that by 15 April itself, sugar production exceeded the estimated values by 50 lakh tonnes.
In the ongoing sugar season, 524 sugar mills are working towards manufacturing sugar. Out of these 524 mills, 227 mills are yet to finish the process of crushing sugar cane for manufacturing sugar. Since these mills will produce additional sugar, there will be more availability of sugar in the coming months.
The ISMA also said that due to the increase in sugar production as well as supply, price of sugar is being affected deeply. The association also explained how sugar mills have been facing severe losses as the prices charged for sugar are much lower when compared to its production expenses. The decline in sugar prices has undesirably impacted share prices of sugar companies.
The primary sugar producers in India include Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, and Maharashtra. These states have made 36.3 lakh tonnes, 104.8 lakh tonnes, and 104.98 lakh tonnes respectively until 15 April.
The ISMA also said that the sugar industry has been recommending to bring a link between sugar prices and sugar cane prices that have to be paid to farmers.
With many sugar mills still carrying out the cane crushing process, the stocks of the sweetener will be more than sufficient in the country this year.