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'Sugar mills under stress due to low ex-factory price'

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  24 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Kolkata, March 23: Even as sugar production in India rose by 28 lakh tonnes by March 15 this year touching 221.8 lakh tonnes, the ex-factory price of sugar remains low compared to the procured cost of cane resulting in losses to the sugar industry, an industry official said here on Monday. “Each quintal of cane costs Rs.2,200 while the ex-factory price of each quintal of white sugar is Rs.2,600. By crushing 100 kg of cane, only nine kg of sugar can be obtained. So one can imagine the amount of cane which goes into producing white sugar,” former president of Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) O.P. Dhanuka said.

He said 100 kg of sugarcane crushing also produces three kg of molasses which is priced at Rs.240 per quintal and is used to make liquor. Also, 33 kg of bagasse is produced from crushing the same amount of sugarcane which fetches Rs.1,000 per tonne.

Dhanuka said even sale of the by-products is not sufficient to cover the losses incurred by the sugar mills.

“We are not able to pay the prices to the farmers as the ex-factory sugar prices are not remunerative enough,” he said.

According to data from the association, the accumulated cane arrears due to over five crore sugarcane growers in India from 2011-12 till now were more than Rs.17,000 crore. He said that despite the country producing surplus sugar, it imports five lakh tonnes which is detrimental to the domestic sugar industry.

“The duty on sugar imports was raised to 25 percent from 10 percent. However, this is not enough and should be at least 30 percent,” he said. ISMA said the central government has revised its sugar production estimates this year to 265 lakh tonnes, as compared to the earlier projection of 250 lakh tonnes. (IANS)

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