August 29, 2008 / 7:48 AM / 10 years ago

Uttar Pradesh sugar output seen down 15 pct in 2008/09

MUMBAI, Aug 29 (Reuters) -India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) is forecast to witness a fall of about 15 percent in sugar output in the year ending September 2009, a senior official of the U.P. Sugar Mills Association, said on Friday.

“The overall sugar production (in U.P.) may be lower by about 15 percent. The production is seen at 6.2 million tonnes,” the official said.

The state is estimated to have produced 7.3 million tonnes in the year ending September 2008, behind the estimated production of 9.1 million tonnes by western state of Maharashtra, the largest producer. Uttar Pardesh is the second largest producer.

Reporting by Abhishek Shanker; Editing by Prem Udayabhanu

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