Functions and Services


  • To monitor and administer sugar factories with a view to encourage sugarcane farmers.
  • Recognise the vast potential of the sugarcane industry and convert the industry into an effective growth engine contributing substantially to the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP)
  • Deal with modernization and diversification of the industry to meet new challenges
  • Perform all functions of the Director of Industries with regard to application for Industrial Licenses for setting up new sugar mills and for expansion of sanctioned capacities.
  • To utilize the vast potential of sugarcane, and convert the industry into an effective growth engine contributing substantially to the GSDP.
  • To create a unified agency at the level of Head of the Department to deal with modernization & diversification of the Industry to meet new challenges
  • To coordinate with financial institutions such as IDBI, ICICI, etc., on one hand and NCDC, SDF on the other; Liaison with G.O.I., National Sugar Federation , Karnataka State Co-operative Sugar Factories Federation, South Indian Sugar Mills Association, etc. is also crucial.

Specific Functions

  • The Director of Sugar administers the following Acts and Rules as functional Registrar of Cooperative Societies as far as Cooperative Sugar Factories are concerned:
    1. Karnataka Cooperative Societies Act 1959.
    2. Karnataka Cooperative Societies Rules 1960.


  • All matters relating to cane regulation including Khandasari Licensing and declaration of sugar factory zones are with Secretary to Government, Commerce & Industries Department, Government of Karnataka.
  • The Director of Sugar performs all functions of the Director of Additional Registrar of Co-societies.
  • Matters connected with cane development are with Cane Commissioner.
  • The Cane Commissioner administers the following Act and Rules:
    1. Sugarcane (Control) Order, 1966.
    2. Karnataka Khandasari Sugar Manufacturers Licencing Order, 1980.
    3. The Karnataka Sugar (Regulation of Production) Order, 1975.

Sugar Industry in India

Karnataka now ranks:

  • 3rd in Recovery
  • 3rd in Cane Crush
  • 3rd in Sugar Production in India

Key Contacts

Name Designation Office Phone Cell Phone Fax E-Mail Address
Sri Dr.M N Ajay Nagabhushan IAS Commissioner for Cane Development and Director of Sugar 080-22133390/92 , 22133508 7259419772 080-22133391 KHB- “F” Block, 5th Floor, CBAB Complex, Cauvery Bhavan, K.G. Road, Bangalore-560 009.

Head Quarters

Designation Office Tel.
Hon’ble Minister for Sugar -
Secretary to Government Ind & Com (Sugar) Department 080-22353933