U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) forecast world Sugar production will fall about 9 million tonnes in 2018/19 to 185.9 million tonnes, while global consumption swells to new records.
In its biannual report the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said the decline in global production was primarily due to Brazil, where yields have been lower and where an increasing share of Sugarcane is being diverted to ethanol production.
Brazilian output was expected to decline 8.3 million tonnes to 30.1 million tonnes.
Indian production, meanwhile, is set to rise 1.8 million tonnes to a record 35.9 million as a greater share of land is dedicated to cultivating Sugar. This is the first time in more than 15 years that Indian production would exceed Brazil’s production.
Higher Indian production is set to drive an increase in global stocks, which are expected to rise to a record 53 million tonnes, even as consumption increases.