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Sugar Output Estimate for 2019-20

Current context: The Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) has revised India’s sugar output estimate for the marketing year 2019-20 (October to September) to 26.5 million tonnes (mt), from the earlier estimate of 26 mt on 25th February 2020.
Sugar Output Estimate for 2019-20 
  • The ISMA has released the second advance estimate which is based on the satellite images of both harvested and yet-to-be-harvested cane area.
  • In the marketing year of 2018-2019, the production was at 33.16 million tonnes.
  • The opening stock of sugar was 14.5 million tonnes as on 1st October 2019.
  • With this, the closing stocks as of 30th September 2020 is expected to be lower at around 10 million tonnes.
  • According to ISMA, there was an agreement that sugar production during the 2019-20 SS would be slightly more than the estimated production of ISMA in November 2019.
  • ISMA has accordingly revised its sugar production estimates upwards from 26 million tonnes to 26.5 million tonnes now during 2019-20 SS.
  • Uttar Pradesh is the leading producer of sugarcane in India (41.28% of the all-India production) followed by Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Question: 

Q.1 Recently, the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) has revised India’s sugar output estimate for the marketing year 2019-20 (October to September) to __________ million tonnes (mt), from the earlier estimate of 26 mt?
a. 30
b. 27.5
c. 26.5
d. 22
Sugar Output Estimate for 2019-20 Sugar Output Estimate for 2019-20 Reviewed by Neha Verma on February 26, 2020 Rating: 5

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