Sugar production in the country has risen to eleven percent to 25.1 million tonnes during the month of October-April, 2011-12 with the major contribution from Uttar Pradesh, according to a PTI report.
Industry body, Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said sugar production was around 22.6 million tonnes during October-September period of the previous year. According to ISMA Uttar Pradesh, major contributor of sugar has seen an increase of almost 1.1 million tonnes in sugar production at 6.95 million tonnes this year so far.
In Maharashtra, a major sugar producing state the output has showed an upward surge of five lakh tonnes at 8.83 million tonnes. Production of sugar in Karnataka stood at 3.71 million tonnes, in Tamil Nadu it was 1.57 million tonnes and in Andhra Pradesh the production was 1.11 million tonnes.
'We are absolutely sure that the sugar production estimate of 26 million tonnes projected in July 2011 will be achieved,'the association said. Tamil Nadu is likely to contribute largely the balance nine lakh tonnes which is expected to still produce about 6.5 lakh tonnes between May and September in the current season, it said. During last year, sugar mills in Tamil Nadu produced 6.9 lakh tonnes during May-September. ISMA’s production estimation is higher than the Government’s estimate of 25.2 million tonnes for the current year, the report added.