ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Sugar Industry in Uttar Pradesh: Rise, Decline and Revival

Uttar Pradesh, a leading producer of sugar cane and sugar before independence, lost its pre-eminent position to Maharashtra in the 1960s, when the western state developed a formidable sugar industry in the cooperative sector. However, a recent resurgence has been noticed in UP, similar to the 1930s boom. This paper tracks different phases of the evolution of UP's sugar industry and examines the regional patterns within the state: how the industry that had originally developed roots in the eastern parts of the state, particularly the Gorakhpur-Basti belt, is now mainly concentrated in the western and central districts.

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