LUCKNOW/NEW DELHI, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Sugar output in flood-hit Uttar Pradesh, India’s top cane producing state, is likely to be 9-13 percent below previous estimates for next season, the state government said, but above this season’s 5.8 million tonnes. “We estimate 6.0-6.2 million tonnes of sugar output in 2010/11,” B.S. Bisht, Uttar Pradesh government spokesman, told Reuters.
“The real estimate of damage will be done only when the flood water recedes,” he added. The state government had initially forecast output of 6.8 million tonnes for the new season beginning in October.
India is the world’s second-largest producer of sugar after Brazil and the top consumer.
At least 2 million people in northern India, including Uttar Pradesh, have been left homeless as the Ganges and other rivers, swollen by heavy monsoon rains, broke embankments and submerged villages and fields. [ID:nSGE68K0BA] (Reporting by Alka Pande and Ratnajyoti Dutta; Editing by Jo Winterbottom)