At 268 lakh tonnes, sugar production this year is higher than projected: ISMA
Sugar mills across the country have produced 268.21 lakh tonnes (LT) of sugar till May 31, nearly 18 per cent lower than the production in the corresponding period in the previous sugar season, said Indian Sugar Mills’ Association (ISMA) on Tuesday.
Sugar mills produced 327.53 lt of sugar during the previous sugar season. India’s sugar season runs from October to September.
Sugar production this year so far has been 3 lt more than the 265 lt projected by the sugar industry body earlier. This was because some quantity of sugarcane got diverted to the sugar mills as many jaggery and khandsari (unrefined sugar) manufacturers in Uttar Pradesh shut their operations due to the lockdown, ISMA said. It also expects an additional 6 lt of sugar production in the current season, as 18 sugar mills – mainly in UP — are still crushing sugarcane, besides having a special sugar season in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka later in the year.
Horticulture crops at risk due to locust attacks: Motilal Oswal
The horticulture crops, which include fruits and vegetables, are at a risk of a washout in Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, due to locust attacks in the country, said broking firm Motilal Oswal on Monday in a report on agriculture sector.
Farmers in Gujarat are seen rushing for groundnut seeds as the monsoon rains inch closer with the approaching cyclonic storm next week. Groundnut cultivation in the State is expected to jump by at least 20-25 per cent to hit a record 19 lakh hectares, up from 15.52 lakh ha reported in 2019-20.