Agri Business

Maharashtra to crush 90 lakh tonnes sugar

Harish Damodaran New Delhi | Updated on April 10, 2011

Maharashtra is on course to achieving a sugar output of over 90 lakh tonne (lt) in the ongoing 2010-11 season (October-September).

As on Friday, mills in the State had crushed 673.39 lt of cane and produced 75.97 lt of sugar at an average recovery rate of 11.28 per cent. During the corresponding period of the 2009-10 season, they had crushed 543.53 lt and produced 62.52 lt of sugar at an average recovery of 11.50 per cent.

“If there are no heavy pre-monsoon rains, crushing will go on right till end-May or even early-June. In that case, we will end up crushing about 800 lt and produce 90 lt-plus of sugar”, said Mr Prakash Naiknavare, Managing Director, Maharashtra State Cooperative Sugar Factories' Federation.

In Uttar Pradesh, the country's No. 2 produce, most mills have closed, with production estimated at about 58.5 lt.

Published on April 10, 2011

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