The late monsoon rains in India and the consequent drought affecting crops of sugar cane in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu,are forcing farmers to switch to other crops. According to ISMA, together, the three states are expected to produce 12.2 million tonnes, more than half of India’s total production in 2012/13 season, which ends on September 30. And 6.8 million tons only in Maharashtra, but for the season 2013/14 the output is expected to fall in the state, with production dropping to four million tonnes.
The climate situation is better further north India, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, and it is possible that production in this area offset losses in some other states. The expectation is that Uttar Pradesh produces 8.1 million tonnes of sugar in 2012/13.