India’s Farmers Turning Sour on Sugar

by Dave

VOA News
Jain says India, which used to be the world’s largest sugar producer and the biggest consumer of the sweetener, has not had to import sugar since 2005.

“Production is going to drop very steeply in the coming year. And, also, in the following year, thereafter we may have to go for sizable imports of raw sugar as we did in the past,” said Jain.

India’s annual domestic demand is estimated at 23 million metric tons. Current output is about 3.5 million tons above that. But the sugar mills association predicts with the exodus from cane farming output will drop to as low as 17 million tons in a couple of years.

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