World Sugar’s production is around 180 million tons. The world’s largest sugar producer by far is Brazil followed by India. Pakistan is the 8th largest country in the world in terms of sugar production and world’s 5th largest producer of sugarcane. Sugarcane is the primary raw material for the production of sugar. Among the provinces, Punjab accounts for 65 percent of sugarcane area, Sindh 25 percent, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 10 percent.
The sugar industry in Pakistan is the 2nd largest agro based industry comprising 89 sugar mills with annual crushing capacity of over 65-70 million tones. Sugarcane farming and sugar manufacturing contribute significantly to the national exchequer in the form of various taxes and levies. Sugar manufacturing and its by-products have contributed significantly towards the foreign exchange resources through import substitution.