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19.2 lakh tonnes of sugar made available for August

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The Union government has made available 19.20 lakh tonnes of sugar for the festival month of August.

The Food Ministry had released 16.55 lakh tonnes for this month.

Of the 19.20 lakh tonnes, 17 lakh tonnes is the free-sale quota for sugar mills and they will be released in the open market.

The remaining 2.20 lakh tonnes of levy sugar will be distributed through the PDS (public distribution system).

The 17 lakh tonnes include 3.13 lakh tonnes of refined sugar processed from imported raw sugar in May and June and 0.50 lakh tonnes of imported white sugar.

“Will meet the demand”

The August allocation would be sufficient to meet the demand, sources in the Food Ministry said.

The Ministry has specified that sugar factories will have to deliver/sell and dispatch the entire non-levy quantity, including the sugar process from imported raw sugar, in August.

The government had allowed duty-free imports of raw and refined sugar from February, 2009 to bridge the shortfall in availability and curb the rising prices that had shot up to Rs. 47 a kg in the retail markets.

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