Delay in sugarcane crushing season affects export of raw sugar

Jannie Delucca

Delay in the graduation of sugarcane crushing year has influenced exports of raw sugar despite contracting 1.eight million tonnes (MT), according to the All India Sugar Trade Association (AISTA).

The desire for raw sugar by refineries across the entire world has long gone up according to sector specialists. Refineries from Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and India much too are presently placing up desire for the commodity.

Having said that, sugar mills in States like Maharashtra are struggling with complications with the launching crushing year.

Exports

Praful Vithalani, Chairman AISTA said in a assertion that exports are staying accomplished generally from the sugar mills of Maharashtra and Karnataka. “The latest ex-manufacturing facility sugar charges in North India and Bihar have been in the range of ₹35,500-37,500 per ton. Therefore, the quantity exported by the mills in North India are negligible”. He additional that sugar exports of eighteen,290 MT to Sri Lanka have been accomplished though the state is struggling with overseas trade problems.

As per the provisional details with AISTA, actual physical sugar dispatches from sugar mills in year 2021-22 stand at 4,21,330 MT. This features two,fifty,232 MT shipped in Oct 2021 as immediate export, 26,444 MT shipping to a port-based refinery in Oct 2021 ( deemed export). Sugar underneath loading/ nominated is pegged at 1,forty four,654 MT.

Of the total sugar export, about forty four per cent of sugar has been exported to UAE and 21 per cen to Bangladesh followed by Somalia (10 per cent) and Iran (9.1 per cent). Sugar export to Afghanistan stands at 10,455 MT that is 4.two per cent of the total sugar export.

“As per AISTA sources, sugar export promotions of about eighteen lakh MT for 2021-22 year have been carried out so much. They all are without having any subsidy,” Vithlani said in a assertion.

Sugar mills struggling with complications

According to the Indian Sugar Mill Association (ISMA), the total acreage underneath sugarcane in the state is estimated to be all-around fifty four.37 lakh hectares in 2021-22 sugar year, which is about 3 per cent greater than 2020-21 sugar season’s cane region of 52.88 lakh hectares.

Uttar Pradesh is estimated to have a sugarcane region of 23.08 lakh hectares, as from 23.07 lakh hectares in 2020-21. Maharashtra’s cane region has long gone up by about 11 per cent in 2021-22, from 11.forty eight lakh hectares in 2020-21 to twelve.78 lakh ha in 2021-22. Sugarcane region in Karnataka is a bit greater in 2021-22 at 5.11 lakh hectares as from 5.01 lakh hectares in 2020-21.

Some mills in Maharashtra are however to start out the crushing year as the Point out govt has not permitted them to crush sugarcane owing to FRP dues. Farmer organisations in Maharashtra keep on to agitate for a just one-time payment of FRP. In Uttar Pradesh millers face pressure from politicians to provide instant payment of sugarcane forward of Point out polls.

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