Maharashtra tops India’s sugar production

August 18th, 2011 - 8:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Aug 18 (IANS) Maharashtra has topped the list of India’s sugar-producing states this year with a record 90.72 lakh tonnes, an official said here Thursday.

The state is followed by Uttar Pradesh, standing a distant second with a production of 58.83 lakh tonnes in 2010-11.

The other states in the top five list include Karnataka with 36.16 lakh tonnes, Tamil Nadu at 15.75 lakh tonnes and Gujarat notching 12.50 lakh tonnes, the official said.

Western Maharashtra’s Pune, Ahmednagar and Kolhapur contributed the largest share of sugar output followed by Nanded and Aurangabad in Marathwada region, followed by Amravati and Nagpur in Vidarbha (eastern part of the state) region.

There are a total of 168 sugar factories in the state, including 121 in the co-operative sector and the remaining 47 in the private sector.

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