Sugar production till November 30, 2017 in the current sugar season (2017-18) was 39.51 lakh ton. This was about 11.69 lakh ton higher than the production in the last season upto the same corresponding period, when 27.82 lakh ton of sugar were produced. As compared to the 393 sugar factories which were crushing sugarcane on November 30, 2016, 443 sugar mills were crushing sugarcane on November 30, 2017. As compared to the 79 per cent higher sugar production till November 15, 2017 vis-a-vis that on the same date last year, the gap has come down to 42 per cent at the end of November 2017. In Maharashtra, 170 sugar mills have started crushing operations and are running in full swing. As on November 30, 2017, these mills have produced 14.90 lakh ton, as compared to 9.42 lakh ton produced by 142 mills in the same period last year. In the case of Uttar Pradesh, 110 sugar mills were crushing sugarcane on November 30, 2017, and have produced 13.59 lakh ton till that date. At the end of November 2016, the 103 sugar mills crushing in the northern state had produced 8.48 lakh ton. About 5.11 lakh ton more sugar have been produced this year. In the current season, most of the sugar mills in Uttar Pradesh had advanced their date of start of crushing by a fortnight or so, and hence sugar production is on the higher side. In the state of Karnataka, 60 sugar mills were crushing on November 30, 2017, and 6.82 lakh ton of sugar were produced. As compared to this, on November 30, 2016, the same number of sugar mills were operating this time, and produced a similar quantity of 6.80 lakh ton of sugar. In Gujarat, 17 sugar mills were crushing on November 30, 2017 and they produced 1.80 lakh tons of sugar. On November 30, 2016, 19 mills were in operation, and they produced 1.42 lakh ton of sugar. Crushing operations in all the other states have produced 2.40 lakh ton this season upto November 30, 2017. In the previous season, upto November 30, 2016, it was 1.7 lakh ton.