The government is likely to remove export duty on Sugar to boost shipments in view of fall in domestic prices on estimated rise in production, Food and Consumer Affairs Ministry said.
At present, there is 20 per cent export duty on Sugar.
Sugar production is estimated to rise nearly 24.9 million tonnes in 2017-18 season (October-September) from 20.2 million tonnes in the previous year," the ministry said.
Industry has pegged production at 26 million tonnes and the government will review its estimates based on input from sugar producing states. The domestic demand is 24-25 million tonnes annually.
In view of rise in sugar output, the ministry said the government has already doubled import duty to 100 per cent to check cheaper imports from overseas markets, particularly Pakistan. That apart, the government has put a quantitative restrictions on mills for domestic sales for two months.