Maharashtra accounts for 50% of country’s sugar exports

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March 25, 2021 12:15 AM

The state has so far crushed 927.73 lakh tonne of cane to produce 966.24 lakh quintal of sugar. Of the 187 factories that participated in crushing, 56 have shut down operations for the season.

He said export agreements of 6.32 lakh tonne were signed from the country using export quota exchange concessions.He said export agreements of 6.32 lakh tonne were signed from the country using export quota exchange concessions.

Maharashtra has taken a lead in sugar exports for the 2020-21 season, accounting for nearly 50% of the country’s total exports so far. According to industry sources, export contracts for 43 lakh tonne of sugar have been signed. Of this, about 20 lakh tonne has been contracted from Maharashtra.

The state has so far crushed 927.73 lakh tonne of cane to produce 966.24 lakh quintal of sugar. Of the 187 factories that participated in crushing, 56 have shut down operations for the season.

According to data released by the Centre, against a target of 60 lakh tonne, 43 lakh tonne has been contracted, 21.40 lakh tonne has been physically dispatched from mills for export and 16.30 lakh tonne has been exported. Sugar exports are poised to be the highest so far, Prakash Naiknavare, managing director of the National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories, said.

Industry sources said the government is seriously considering allocating an additional 20 lakh tonne under the maximum admissible export quota during the 2020-21 marketing year to liquidate surplus sugar in global markets in two tranches of 10 lakh tonne each.

Sugar exporter Abjijit Ghorpade said the quota exchange concessions have turned out to be fruitful for factories in Maharashtra that have been able to sign new export contracts for five lakh tonne in last month alone. He said export agreements of 6.32 lakh tonne were signed from the country using export quota exchange concessions.

The Centre has introduced flexibility in its sugar export scheme to encourage export. According to the scheme, if a factory can afford to sell sugar in the domestic market and another factory finds it profitable to export, the two factories by mutual consent can exchange the domestic and export quotas allocated by the government.

Although the problems of container availability and hike in transportation fare still persist, industry sources said mills are preferring to contract exports due to the subsidy given by the government. At present, the average price in the international market is Rs 2,600 per quintal for raw sugar and Rs 2,700 per quintal for white sugar. Although there is no significant increase in prices, considering the subsidy, factories are preferring the export route, Ghorpade said. India has been selling sugar mainly to Indonesia, Dubai, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and African countries.

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