Government will soon announce export quota of sugar for 2022-23: Food Secretary
New Delhi, 21st September (His). Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey said that the government will announce the export quota of sugar very soon for the next sugar marketing year starting from October. At the same time, Aditya Jhunjhunwala, president of industry body ISMA, said that the production of sugar in 2022-23 is estimated to be 35.55 million tonnes, while the domestic demand is 27.5 million tonnes.
The Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) and Datagro at the Sugar and Ethanol conference held here on Wednesday, Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey said it would be announced “very soon” regarding the quota earmarked for the marketing year 2022-23. However, he did not disclose the quantum of sugar exports for the sugar marketing year 2022-23 (October-September).
ISMA President Aditya Jhunjhunwala said that for the sugar marketing year 2022-23, the sugar production after shifting to separate use is estimated to be 35.55 million tonnes, while the domestic demand is at 27.50 million tonnes. He said that we can export 8 million tonnes of sugar in the sugar marketing year 2022-23. We have urged the government to announce the export quota and comprehensive policy at the earliest.
It is noteworthy that in May, the government had banned the export of more than 10 million tonnes of sugar. However, later permission was given to export 12 lakh tonnes more sugar. Thus the total sugar export volume for the sugar marketing year 2021-22 stood at 11.20 million tonnes. Similarly, India’s sugar export was 70 lakh tonnes in the sugar marketing year 2020-21, 59 lakh tonnes in the sugar marketing year 2019-20, while 38 lakh tonnes in the sugar marketing year 2018-19.