India emerges as the world’s largest producer and consumer of sugar
As per Ministry of Consumer Affairs, India emerges as the world’s largest producer and consumer of sugar and world’s 2nd largest exporter of sugar.
India has produced more than 5000 Lakh Metric Tonnes (LMT) of sugarcane during the sugar season (October-September) 2021-22.
Out of this, about 3574 LMT of sugarcane has been processed by sugar mills to produce about 394 lakh metric tonnes of sugar (sucrose).
Of this, 35 lakh metric tonnes of sugar was used to prepare ethanol and 359 lakh metric tonnes of sugar was produced by sugar mills.
All the records of sugarcane production, sugar production, sugar export, sugarcane procurement, cane arrears payment and ethanol production were set during the same season.
Another centre of attraction in the current season is the record highest sugar export of around 109.8 lakh metric tonnes.
The policies of the Government of India and supportive international prices have played a major role in the achievement of the Indian sugar industry.
About Rs 40,000 crore foreign exchange has been earned for the country from exports.
The largest producer of sugarcane in the world
Brazil is the largest producer of sugarcane in the world.
India is the second largest producer of sugarcane.
Brazil produced about 32 million ton of sugar in 2021-22.
Major sugarcane-producing states in India
Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka account for nearly 80 percent of the total sugar production in the country.
The other major sugarcane-producing states are Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Haryana, and Punjab.
Since 2010-11, India has consistently produced surplus sugar, comfortably exceeding the domestic requirements.
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