About Us


Safeguarding the Interests of Sugar Mills

To protect the interest of the sugar mills

Empowering Our Farmers

Provide benefits to the farmers

Boosting Government Revenue

To provide an interface with the state government

Empowering Rural Prosperity

To provide policy advocacy  towards progress


According to the records, the first sugar mill in India was established in 1903 at Pratappur in Deoria District. All its equipments and machines were imported and were installed with the help of foreign engineers to start the production of sugar. In the second and third decades of the last century a number of sugar mills came to be established even prior to the grant of protection tariff to the sugar industry in 1932.

UPSMA was established in 1938 and has continued to serve the industry since then. Over 70% of Private Sector Sugar Mills are members of the Association. Members today have established Ultra Modern Sugar Complexes, comprising of Sugar Plant, Distillery (manufacturing Potable and Industrial Alcohol), Cogeneration, Fertilizer etc. Progressive companies have their own sugarcane farms, where advanced research in agricultural practices like developing high yielding variety, Tissue Culture etc. are being practiced.

Private sugar mills hold the key place in U.P. sugar industry

  • The private sugar mills occupy  the key position in the sugar in U.P. as out of 120 sugar mills (79%) are under private sector

  • During the sugar season 2021-22, private sugar mills crushed 90% of total 10162.56 lac quintal cane crushed and produced about 91% of total sugar production in the state.

  • Similarly, private sugar mills produced about 91% of total sugar production in the state.

  • The sugar recovery rate with B-hvy molasses is highest (10.07%) among the private sugar mills as compared to that in cooperative (9.66%) and corporation mills (9.86%).

Role of Railway

The role of railway in the progress of sugar industry has also been commendable as road transport was not developed in rural areas during that period. Saraiya in Gorakhpur district; a 30 kilometre long railway line was laid from Sardar Nagar to Hetimpur, Kushinagar on which four stations were built. Sugarcane purchase centre was established near these stations. A steam engine, named ‘Emperor Ashoka’ pulled a train of 100 wagons inside the mill.

Government Act of 1934

Another important role in the expansion of the sugar industry was the Government Act of 1934. Under this, the local administration was allowed to improve the sugarcane pricing process to provide fair price to the sugarcane farmers. In the year 1934-35, the minimum payable for sugarcane was six annas per maund. In 1938, the United Provinces Sugar Factory Act was enacted, in which three categories of purchase price were proposed, which ranged from six annas nine paise to six annas three paise, depending on the mill’s achievement of sugarcane at the mill. During this period, the market price of sugar used to be nine rupees four annas per maund.

Second Largest Producer of Sugar

 India is the second largest producer of sugar in the world and large part of the national production of sugar and sugarcane comes from Uttar Pradesh. Today there are 120 mills are operating in Uttar Pradesh in which 93 from private sector, 24 cooperative and 3 state-run sugar mills.  Today, sugarcane is grown over an area of about 70 lakh acres.


The sugar industry is contributing to the development of the state under the inspiration of the government and the efficient guidance of the Sugar Industry and Sugarcane Development Department.


  • Sugarcane is state’s biggest cash crop, average 36000 crores annually infused in rural economy from industry.
  • A total of 6 million farmers and their families are involved in sugarcane cultivation in the state.
  • 2.5 lakh direct and about 12 lakh indirect employment has been created through sugar mills, distilleries and allied activities.
  • Contribution of about 8% in the state’s gross domestic product (GDP).
  • Direct connection with 12% of the population of the state.
  • State leading in ethanol production at countrywide level.
  • 1600 MW power generation installed capacity.
  • Industry adds sweetness to the lives of the farmers and also contributes to their prosperity and well being.

Refer study of IIM Lucknow

Potential of U.P. sugar industry in making U.P. as $1 trillion Economy

Sugar industry has tremendous potential to boost up the agriculture/rural economy of the state in the following manner:

  • Sugar mills in the U.P. can become the agribusiness hub for millions of small and marginal farmers because of their continuous relationship with them by procurement of cane.

  • They can leverage of this business relationship to harness the business potential for other crops as well.

  • The sugar mills have adequate land and technical manpower to process and add value to the other agri-commodities produced in their command area.

  • Sugar mills can become as catalytic agents to popularize the drip irrigation among sugarcane farmers for increasing the yield and sucrose content.

  • Sugar mills can outsource the cane procurement by adopting agribusiness franchisees.

  • It will enable mill management to focus on business strategy and commercial aspects rather than on sugarcane production.


UPSMA Core Committee

  • R. L. Tamak – DCM SHRIRAM LTD. (DSCL) – President

  • C.B. Patodia – AVADH SUGAR – Past President

  • Sameer Sinha – TRIVENI ENGG. – Vice President

  • Ajay Dubey – BALRAMPUR CHINI

  • Subhash Pandey – DHAMPUR SUGAR

  • D. K. Sharma – AVADH SUGAR

  • Pankaj Rastogi – DALMIA

  • R. K. Gangwar – MAWANA

  • S. C. Agarwal – K. M. SUGAR

  • Sandeep Sharma – DHAMPUR BIO ORG. LTD.

  • Sanjay Rastogi – DCM SHRIRAM INDUSTRY (Daurala)


INDUSTRY STALWARTS HONOURS - Life Time Achievement Award

Annual Infused in Rural Economy
0 Million
Farmers Involved in Sugarcane Cultivation
0.5 Lakh
Direct & Indirect Employment Created
Contribution in State Gross Domestic Product