Mills produce 16.54 mn tonnes of sugar so far: Industry body

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SummarySugar production has increased by 2.42 pct to 16.54 million tonnes so far in the ongoing marketing year that started from October 2012.

Sugar production in the country has increased by 2.42 per cent to 16.54 million tonnes so far in the ongoing marketing year that started from October 2012, according to cooperative industry body NFCSF.

Sugar output stood at 16.15 million tonne in year-ago. The sugar year runs from October to September.

Production in Maharashtra, the country's biggest sugar producing state, has increased marginally to 5.7 million tonnes as on today, as against 5.61 million tonnes in the year-ago period, the National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories (NFCSF) said in a statement.

However the output in Uttar Pradesh, the second biggest sugar producing state, declined by 1.9 per cent to 4.43 million tonnes from 4.52 million tonnes in the review period.

Sugar production in Karnataka has increased to 2.8 million tonnes during October-February 15 period of the 2012-13 marketing year, as against 2.55 million tonnes in the same period corresponding year.

The industry body has pegged the country's overall sugar output to touch 24.2 million tonnes this year, lower than 26 million tonnes achieved in 2011-12 marketing year.

However, the government has estimated sugar output at 24 million tonnes, sufficient to meet the domestic demand of 2 million tonnes for this year.

Sugar output in other small producing states like Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Bihar remained higher so far this year.

The industry has pegged total sugar production for this year at 24.2 million tonnes, as against the actual output of 26 million tonnes achieved last year.

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