Food ministry sees 2017-18 sugar output at 23.5-24.0 million tonne.

The food ministry expects sugar output in 2017-18 (Oct-Sep) at 23.5-24.0 million tonne, much below 25.1 million tonne projected by the Indian Sugar Mills Association. ISMA output projection of 25.1 million tonne is up 23.6% from the estimated 20.3 million tonne produced in 2016-17. Sugar output in Uttar Pradesh may rise to about 9.2-9.3 million tonne in 2017-18, up from 8.8 million tonne produced this year, while in Maharashtra, sugar production may rise to 7.3 million tonne, up from 4.2 million tonne produced in 2016-17.