Topic: Food processing and related industries in India- scope’ and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
5. Give an account of distribution of sugar industry in India. Also, highlight the problems plaguing the sugar sector in the contemporary times.(250 words)
Reference: Indian Express
Why this question:
The article brings to us insights in the sudden dip of sugar prices besides the price crash in oil that the world is witnessing.
Key demand of the question:
The student must account for distribution of sugar industry in India in detail and highlight the problems plaguing the sugar sector in the contemporary times.
Account – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
In short explain the importance and relevance of sugar industry in India owing to the agricultural nature of the economy.
India is the world’s largest producer of sugarcane and cane sugar and contributes about 8% of the total sugar production in the world. At present, this is the second largest agro-based industry of India. Factors responsible for distribution of sugar industry use a map of India to depict the distribution and add value to your answer. Discuss the problems faced by the sugar industry in India, present the factors of the contemporary times too such as the effect of oil price crash amidst the COVID-19 fear.
Conclude by suggesting solutions as to what needs to be done to overcome these challenges.