India: Sugar mills in UP to start crushing with record opening stock

The sugar mills in Uttar Pradesh, the country’s top sugar producer, are likely to start crushing operations from October-end. The projections for the coming season indicate record domestic sugar opening stock of 1.45 crore tones metric tons. While western UP units will start operations after Diwali in the last week of October, the sugar mill in central and eastern UP have been asked to start crushing by the end of first and second weeks of November, respectively. The Yogi Adityanath government has also announced sugarcane supply quota policy for 2019-20. The policy fixes supply quota of individual farmers, segregating them as marginal, small and regular agriculturists, on the basis of annual cane survey to ascertain the total number of cane farmers, estimated acreage and likely production.