Sugar output may dip by 5% to 23.7 mn tonnes in 2013-14: ISMA
New Delhi: The country's sugar production is expected to decline by five percent to 23.7 million tonnes in marketing year 2013-14 starting October, due to an expected lower sugarcane output, especially from drought-hit Maharashtra, said Indian Sugar Mills Association.
In the current year, the country is estimated to have produced 25 million tonnes of the sweetener, as against the annual demand of 22-22.5 million tonnes.
"ISMA in its preliminary estimates for 2013-14 has estimated 23.7 million tonnes of sugar production," the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said in a statement.
The overall sugar production is expected to fall due to lower cane availability following a likely 12.5 percent drop in area under the crop in drought-hit Maharashtra, the country's biggest sugar producing state, it said.
ISMA has estimated the country's total sugar production based on the satellite images of sugarcane acreage.
In its preliminary estimates, the industry body has projected total area under sugarcane to be down by 1.52 percent to 5.15 million hectares this year, as against 5.23 million hectares last year.
In Uttar Pradesh, the country's largest sugarcane producing state, area under sugarcane is expected to touch a record figure, showing a gain of 3.1 percent from the last year, despite huge cane arrear of about Rs 4,000 crore so far.
Besides Uttar Pradesh, other states which are showing upward trend in cane sowing are Haryana, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, it added.
According to the ISMA, the country will have 8 million tonnes of opening stock as on October 1 this year, 2 million tonnes more than the normative opening balance desired by the government.
ISMA added it will come up with its first advance estimate on sugar output by next month.
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