The Centre on Wednesday imposed restrictions on sugar exports up to 100 lakhs metric tonnes from June 1, 2022 to maintain domestic availability and price stability during the sugar season 2021-22 (October-September).
In an order issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), it said that the export of the sugar will be allowed with specific permission of the Directorate of Sugar under Department of Food and Public Distribution with effect from June 1 till October 31 or till further order, whichever is earlier.
Secretary, Department of Food & Public Distribution, Sudhanshu Pandey said that the decision came in the light of record exports of sugar, reported ANI.
In sugar seasons 2017-18, only about 6.2 LMT of sugar was exported. In 2018-19, 38 LMT and 2019-20 59.60 LMT of sugar was exported, Pandey said.
However, in sugar season 2020-21 against a target of 60 LMT about 70 LMT have been exported.
In the current sugar season 2021-22, contracts for export of about 90 LMT have been signed, about 82 LMT of sugar has been dispatched from sugar mills for export and approximately 78 LMT have been exported, the report said.
The secretary said that the export of sugar in the current sugar season 2021-22 is historically the highest.
He said that the decision will ensure that the closing stock of sugar at the end of sugar season (30th Sept 2022) remains 60-65 LMT which is 2-3 months stocks (monthly requirement is around 24 LMT in those months) required for domestic use.
He added that crushing in the new season starts in the last week of October in Karnataka and in the last week of October to November in Maharashtra and in November in Uttar Pradesh.
"So generally, up to Nov, supply of sugar takes place from previous year's stock," Pandey added.
"Taking into consideration unprecedented growth in exports of sugar and the need to maintain sufficient stock of sugar in the country as well as to safeguard the interests of the common citizens of the country by keeping prices of sugar under check, the Government of India has decided to regulate sugar exports w.e.f. 01 June 2022," an order issued by the ministry said.
Sugar mills and exporters need to take approvals in form of Export Release Orders (EROs) from the Directorate of Sugar, Department of Food and Public Distribution.