You are here

India is about to become the world's biggest sugar producer

file6ud633x0sbr102al6ep0.jpg
Sugarcane is harvested at a farm near Biosev SA’s Santa Elisa sugar mill in Sertaozinho, Brazil.

[WINNIPEG] Brazil, traditionally the world's top sugar producer, is poised to cede the crown to India for the first time in 16 years.

Production in the Asian country this season may rise 5.2 per cent to a record 35.9 million metric tons on increasing acreage and improving yields, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service said Tuesday in a report. Brazil's output may tumble 21 per cent to 30.6 million tons because of adverse weather and a shift to produce more cane-based ethanol.

Global production is forecast to fall 4.5 per cent to 185.9 million tons, trailing the May estimate of 188.3 million, after the outlooks for Brazil, Thailand and the European Union were revised lower.

Brazil is expected to remain the top exporter, followed by Thailand. The marketing season runs from April to March in the South American nation and from October to September in India. Most countries run from May to April.

sentifi.com

Market voices on:

Global inventory is forecast to rise as "massive stock building" in India counters lower supplies in China and the EU, the USDA unit said.

Raw-sugar futures have slumped 18 per cent this year in New York amid bumper crops. In 2017, the price tumbled 22 per cent.

BLOOMBERG