Global Sugar Supply Chains hit globally
The international sugar prices have fell from 15 USD to 12 USD per pound. Also, the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) has reduced its off-take from mills in the last 15 days. The sugar stock in the wholesale market and retail markets have been sold completely according to ISMA.
The fresh sugar procurement in India has come to a halt. However, new markets are being opened for India. This includes Thailand, Indonesia and Australia. These markets are opening towards India for the following reasons
- In Thailand, sugar production has been hit by 5 million tonnes
- Indonesia has decided to allow concessional sugar import from India. This is because, the sugar imports from Thailand in the country are greatly hit.
Current Scenario in India
Indian mills have so far dispatched 3 million tonnes of sugar for export. The maximum admissible export quantity (MAEQ) of sugar is 6 million tonnes. The MAEQ is determined by the Government of India.
This year, 457 sugar mills have begun crushing operation as against 527 last year. The downfall is relatively low as compared to other countries. This is mainly because, GoI has kept agriculture and its allied activities open and free from the lock down.
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