Russia’s Sugar Production Exceeds Last Year’s Pace in August
Russia, which started exporting sugar last season, is producing the sweetener from domestically grown beets at a faster pace this month compared to a year earlier, according to the country’s Sugar Producers’ Union.
Sugar output from sugar-beets reached 23,500 metric tons in the first eight days of the season that started Aug. 1, the Agriculture Ministry said in a document, citing union data, on the government’s website. That’s up from 13,000 tons a year earlier, according to the union data.
Russia had a record season in 2011-12 with a sugar-beet crop of 46.2 million tons producing 5.1 million tons of beet sugar, according to Agriculture Ministry data. It shipped 300,000 tons of sweetener last season, according to the ministry data.
By Marina Sysoyeva, 15/08/2012