Indian Sugar Industry is not perform well in the year 2013. Drought in the state of Maharashtra, India's biggest sugar producing state pulled down India's overall sugar production in 2013-14 crop season by 5% to 23.7 million tonnes as compared to 25 million tonnes in 2012-13, according to the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA). According to ISMA, sugarcane acreage in 2013-14 season was around 5.15 million hectares, almost 1.52% less than last year, mainly due to drought in Maharashtra.
Sugarcane acreage in Uttar Pradesh another sugar producting state in India is expected to 3.1% higher than last year. UP along with Maharashtra contribute more than 80% of the total sugar produced in the country.
In Maharashtra, sugarcane acreage fell by around 12.5% in 2013-14 mainly due to drought in the main growing areas. Acreage is also down by almost 8% in Karnataka due to low rains. The opening sugar balance for 2013-14 season has been around 8 million tonne, which is around 2 million tonnes more than the usual opening balance.