India’s sugar production has increased marginally by nearly two per cent to reach 7.87 lakh tonnes compared to last year, mainly on account of early crushing in states like Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka, an industry body today said.

“Sugar mills have produced 15,000 tonnes more till November 15 this year at 7.87 lakh tonne against 7.72 lakh tonne in the same period last year,” Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said here.

Sugar marketing year runs from October to September. This is mainly because sugar mills in UP and Karnataka have started earlier than their usual time, it added.
As on November 15, 222 mills have started crushing against 175 in 2015-16 sugar season (SS) same time last year. Sugar mills in UP have advanced commencement of their crushing operations this season by a fortnight compared to 2015-16.