Food Secretary says no plans to allow duty-free sugar imports as of now.

The government has no plans to allow duty-free import of sugar as of now, Food Secretary Preeti Sudan said. Sugar production in the country fell to a seven-year low of 20.4 million tonne in 2016-17 (Oct-Sep). In April, the government had allowed duty-free import of 500,000 tonne of raw sugar until Jun 30 to shore up domestic supplies and keep prices in check. Earlier this month, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan had said that domestic sugar supply remains comfortable.