India: Floods destroy sugarcane crop on 1 lakh hectares in 3 districts


The recent floods in western Maharashtra damaged sugarcane crop on 1 lakh hectares, causing a loss of more than ₹2,200 crore to the farmers in Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara. With Sangli and Kolhapur alone cultivating around 25% of the total sugarcane crop — on 9.05 lakh hectares — in Maharashtra, the destruction is likely to result in a drop in production of sugar.

The sugar production in the state in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 has been 4.2 million tonnes, 10.7 million tonnes and 10.1 million tonnes, respectively. In 2019-20, it is expected to drop to 7-7.5 million tonnes owing to the floods and last year’s drought.


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