By Administrator_ India
India’s sugar production is likely to decline marginally to 30.5 million tonnes in the next 2021-22 season as more sugarcane will be diverted for ethanol making, a senior government official said on Monday.
Sugar production is estimated to have reached 31 million tonnes in the 2020-21 season (October-September), he said.
India is the world’s second-biggest sugar producer after Brazil.
“Sugarcane crop, by and large, is good this year. We are expecting diversion of more cane for ethanol making and as a result sugar production will be slightly lower at 30.5 million tonnes during 2021-22 season,” Joint Secretary in the Food Ministry Subodh Kumar Singh told PTI.
In the current season, cane meant for production of 2 million tonnes of sugar was diverted for ethanol making, while in the 2021-22 season cane meant for production of 3.5 million tonnes of sugar will be diverted, he said.
However, sugar production will be sufficient to meet the domestic consumption, which is expected to increase by 3,00,000-4,00,000 tonne at 26.3-26.5 million tonne in 2021-22 season, he added.
The domestic consumption in the 2020-21 season is estimated to be 26 million tonnes.
With the likely opening stock of sweeteners is estimated at 9-9.5 million tonnes and the expected production of 30.5 million tonnes, the total availability of sugar in the 2021-22 season will be 39.5 to 40 million tonnes.
The domestic consumption is seen around 26.5 million tonnes, while exports at 7 million tonnes in the next season. The closing stock at the end of the next season would be around 6-6.5 million tonnes.
According to the official, about Rs, 83,000 crore cane dues have been cleared so far against the total Rs 91,000 crore payable in the current season.