New Delhi, Jun 29 (PTI) Sugar mills can sell 16.50 lakh tonnes of the sweetener in the open market in July, the government today said. Also Read - Mumbai: TV Actress Accuses Pilot of Rape on Pretext of Marriage, Probe Underway

In a notification issued today, the food ministry has allocated sugar quota for sale to each of 524 mills in the country. Also Read - India's Predicted Squad For England Test Series: Kohli, Ishant Set to Return; Shami, Jadeja And Vihari Unavailable

Recently, the government had announced creation of 3 million tonnes of buffer stock and stock holding limit on sugar mills in a bid to improve liquidity of cash-starved millers and enabling them to clear cane arrears of around Rs 20,000 crore. Also Read - LIVE CRICKET SCORE Ind vs Aus 4th Test Day 5 Today's Match Live Updates Gabba, Brisbane: Gill, Pujara Shift Gears in 328 Chase, 100 up For India

Reacting to the development, All India Sugar Trade Association (AISTA) Chairman Praful Vithalani said it is a reasonable quota for July month when monsoon hits all over and the demand for soft drinks and ice creams remains lower.

The country’s sugar production is estimated to be a record 32 million tonnes in the 2017-18 season (September-October), as against 20.3 million tonnes last year. The production is much higher than the annual demand of 25 million tonnes.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.