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First Sugarcane Bio-Factory Begins Operations in Nigeria

The federal government yesterday inaugurated Nigeria's first Sugarcane Bio-factory in Zaria as part of efforts to achieve national self-sufficiency in the nation's sugar requirements

Government proposes to set $340-duty on sugar import from Ukraine

Bishkek (AKIpress) - The Government of Kyrgyzstan has proposed to set $340-duty on sugar import from Ukraine per one ton, according to a draft resolution...

Katter MP to introduce sugar bill

KATTER'S Australian Party plans to introduce a new bill in Queensland's parliament to help the state's sugar industry.

Western Sugar to shift production from Wyoming to Colorado, Nebraska

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. Denver-based Western Sugar Cooperative intends to expand the production capacity at plants in Nebraska and Colorado while reducing its Torrington, Wyo., operation to sugar storage and shipping.

SRA hits BIR on sugar VAT

MANILA - The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) continues to question the imposition of advance value added tax (VAT) on raw sugar even as the clarification issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on sugar tax treatment would be implemented this month.

Kenya plans to privatise sugar companies within 12 months

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya has approved the sale of the government's stakes in five sugar companies and expects to sell 75 percent stakes in transactions that will be completed in the next nine to 12 months, the Privatization Commission said on Friday.

Alta. beet growers, Rogers Sugar reach four-year deal

Sugar beet growers in Alberta will have a growing season in 2015 after all, having reached a last-minute deal with Canada's lone sugar beet processor.

South Africa: Sugar Industry to Explore Other Avenues to Increase Its Revenue

The Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry heard yesterday that the R12bn sugar industry is looking to diversification to increase its revenue.

Platts' Kingsman cuts 2015/16 sugar supply deficit forecast

May 12 (Reuters) - Platts' Kingsman slashed its forecast for a global sugar supply deficit in 2015/16, suggesting that earlier deficit projections were overblown given higher-than-expected output in key producers like India and Brazil.

'Little hope for sugar bulls,' says Kingsman

Platts Kingsman cautioned over a long-awaited recovery in sugar prices as it ditched expectations of a production deficit this season, and slashed its forecast for a shortfall in 2015-16 below 500,000 tonnes.

New sugar beet varieties offer opportunity

Limagrain UK is announcing the addition of three new sugar beet varieties to the BBRO Recommended List for 2016. All three varieties BTS 470, BTS 340 and BTS 775 are high yielding in their respective market segments and offer growers three distinct and unique offerings in terms of output and management ease.

Kenya: Sugar Firms Merger a Sabotage, Says MP

THE proposed merger of Muhoroni and Chemelil sugar factories in Kisumu county is economic sabotage, Muhoroni MP Onyango K'Oyoo has said.

Malawi: Illovo Sugar-Dwangwa Estate Reduces Injuries By 92 Percent

Nkhotakota Illovo Sugar-Dwangwa Estate has reduced disabling injuries among its employees by 92 percent since 2008, Malawi News Agency (Mana) has learnt.

Doc explores dark side of sugar

A new documentary set to hit a Vancouver screen this week explores the not-so-sweet side of sugar consumption, called Sugar Coated.

Sugar Co-op Federation appeals to FM

Maharashtra cooperative sugar industry has appealed to the Centre to further amend the Income Tax Act whereby any expenditure incurred by sugar factories towards purchase of sugarcane be deemed to be incurred wholly and exclusively for the purpose of their business, reports Business Standard.

5th Africa Sugar Outlook Conference in Kenya

Co-hosted by the Kenya Sugar Directorate, it welcomed hundreds of participants and key speakers, including governments' representatives, international experts, senior decision makers and industry leaders from Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Brazil, and Australia.

John McCreedy is new CEO of Amalgamated Sugar Company

John McCreedy has been named as the new president and chief executive officer of the grower-owned Amalgamated Sugar Co. McCreedy, who has worked at Amalgamated Sugar for 11 years, follows Vic Jaro, who has retired after nine years as CEO.

Mystery syndrome hits sugar cane industry

Yellow Canopy Syndrome appeared at a farm south of Cairns in 2012 and has since spread to farms across north Queensland including Mackay.

Millions of farmers keep faith in sugar cane, shrug off poor returns

AHMEDNAGAR, India (Reuters) - It is a Catch-22 for Nandkumar Patil, one of the millions of sugar cane farmers in India.

Sarina Sugar Shed conquers awards

SARINA Sugar Shed has picked up three awards at this year's Mackay Region Tourism Awards.

Sugar company pulls out

Asia's largest sugar producer, Thailand's Mitr Phol Sugar Corporation, has withdrawn from its three plantations in Oddar Meanchey province following years of criticism over alleged illegalities and human rights abuses at the concessions, a development watchdog has said.

Kenya: MP, Chemelil Case Still On

Chemelil Sugar Company was on Thursday put to task at the High Court in Kisumu over a Sh21 million fraud case against Kitutu Chache South MP Richard Onyonka.

Sugar industry in balance struggle

HA NOI (VNS) The domestic sugar industry is struggling to gain a balance between supply and demand, after years of grappling with high inventories and plunging oil prices.

Elections to sugar factory board peaceful

Officials had put up 43 polling booths on the 170-acre campus of the factory in Hallikhed village in Humnabad taluk. Bigwigs fighting the elections included Rajshekar Patil, MLC and Congress leader; Sanjay Kheny, factory president and a relative of Ashok

Wilmar believes fair competition in sugar is "premature"

DRAFTING legislation to ensure fair competition in sugar marketing is "premature and unnecessary", according to sugar industry giant Wilmar.

Rise in sugarcane arrears slows

Dues to cane farmers have stopped ballooning, although the sugar industry is not yet out of a crisis.

$3 Billion of Unpaid Bills Fail to Deter India Sugar Farmers

Sugar production in India will probably exceed demand for a sixth year as farmers maintain plantings in spite of the $3.2 billion they're owed by mills.

More of Brazil's sugar scooped up for ethanol, but sweet spot elusive

When you're sitting on a shed load of sugarcane, it's nice to know you have options. For Brazil, as the powerhouse of global sugar production, that choice falls into two broad areas make sugar, or make ethanol.

Call to revive Brahmavar Sugar Factory

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said here on Monday that there was a demand from farmers for revival of the Brahmavar Cooperative Sugar Factory, which had closed down in 2004 due to mounting losses. There would be a feasibility study on the revival of the factory and based on the study, the government would take a decision. After he became Chief Minister, he had released Rs. 12 crore to clear the dues of the factory to its workers and farmers, Mr. Siddarmaiah said.

Blaze at sugar factory in Bury St Edmunds among fire service call outs in west Suffolk today

The incident, in a carpentry workshop, was tackled by two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus.

African sugar producers should eye regional markets: minister

LONDON (Reuters) - African sugar producers will have to focus on growing regional markets before the European Union dismantles production quotas from 2017, Nigeria's agriculture minister said on Tuesday.

Talks sour between Lantic and Alberta sugar beet growers

Talks have gone sour between sugar company Lantic Inc. and southern Alberta farmers who produce Canada's only homegrown source of the sweetener.

Raw sugar falls after record delivery, cocoa turns lower

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Raw sugar futures on ICE fell 2 percent on Friday, pressured by a record delivery and the firm U.S. dollar, while New York cocoa fell sharply from an eight-week high on pressure from the weak pound, creating a technical formation that attracted selling.

Acting Sugar PS opens GIS workshop

ACTING Sugar permanent secretary Parmesh Chand opened the Geospatial Information System Sugar Industry workshop at Vuda this morning emphasising the importance of the technology in the monitoring and development of the sugarcane industry.

Uganda: Amuru Women's Naked Power

On April 14, a group of elderly women stripped before a huge gathering called over a government plan to re-demarcate land for a national game park in Apaa village, Labala parish, in Pabbo Sub-county, Amuru District.

Ministry works with industry

ACTING Sugar permanent secretary Parmesh Chand says the Sugar Ministry is working closely with the Fiji Sugar Corporation and industry stakeholders to ensure the 2015 harvest and crush season is a successful one.

Government moves may prop up sugar industry

Agrarian crisis (or farmers' crisis) is a politically sensitive issue and the government of the day does not want to take any chance. Sugarcane farmers had long been complaining that they were not being paid at all or properly by mill owners, particularly the loss-making mills. Sugar prices in the domestic market have also been falling for a number of reasons, including overproduction.

UP millers to up production of Ethanol

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh cane mills may up their ethanol production to counter the sugar glut that plunged prices of sugar and pushed state's second largest industry on a brink of a severe financial distress that threatens to show up in the form of mounting cane arrears due towards over 40 lakh cane growers in the state.

Concern on lighting fires near cane farms

Update: 11:26AM DUE to the cost to farmers, the sugar industry and the economy, the public is being advised against lighting fires unnecessarily near sugarcane fields.

Fiji gets ready for the EU sugar access to come to an end in 2017

The Prime Minister and Minister for Sugar says we need a holistic approach to resolve issues in the sugar industry as Fiji will lose the current access to the European Union in 2017.

Trade agreement raises sugar cane industry concerns

The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement that would regulate trade between the U.S. and 11 other countries is causing concern that it could bring down prices for the local sugar industry.

SIDF Depleted, PM Harris Reveals

The Denzil Douglas-led government in 7 years spent $1.26 billion of the SIDF money, leaving the foundation with almost nothing, PM Dr. Timothy Harris contends.

Stranger on our shores steams at Statfold

A Goose flies and an American locomotive Davenport steams with 17 others in the Midlands The only example in the UK of a locomotive produced by Davenport Locomotive Works of Davenport, Iowa, USA was unveiled in glorious steam action at the private Statfold Barn Railway on March 28.

Relief measures for sugar industry is a mockery: OP Dhanuka

OP Dhanuka, CMD Riga Sugar Company and past President of Indian Sugar Mills Association and Bihar Sugar Mills Association, has criticised the recent relief package announced by the Centre for the sugar industry.

Dangote Sugar Records N22bn Revenue in First Quarter

Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc last week reported a revenue of N22.4 billion for the first quarter (Q1) ended March 31, 2015 and a profit before tax (PBT) of N3.8 billion, as against N25 billion and N5.8 billion respectively in the corresponding period of 2014. Profit after tax decreased to N2.4 billion, from N3.8 billion in 2014.

Refined sugar cess to fund JCPS

Caribbean Depot Limited is adding up equipment and expanding capacity to package refined sugar under the Jamaica Gold brand for distribution to local and, eventually, Caribbean markets on behalf of brand owner Jamaica Cane Products Sales Limited (JCPS).

Imported sugar crushes hopes of cane growers

Sugarcane farmers in the region are in dire straits due to glut in sugar production. The government's decision early this week to hike the import duty on sugar from 25 per cent to 40 per cent was described as too little too late by the farmers here. Kurubur Shanthakumar, president of the Sugarcane Cultivators' Association, told The Hindu that the decision to hike import duty on sugar should have been introduced earlier to prevent the glut in the market and prevent the slide in prices.

Wilmar said to take record sugar delivery on ICE

Wilmar International took 1.9 million metric tons of sugar, the biggest delivery against expiring futures in New York on record.

Fitch Publishes Brazilian Sugar and Ethanol Peer Study

Fitch Ratings has published its Brazilian Sugar and Ethanol (S&E) Peer Study. The report explores the various factors used to determine the relative credit quality of companies in the sector and explains the reasons for differences in the ratings of key players.

Rogers Sugar Inc.: Interim Report for the 2nd Quarter 2015 Results

Message to Shareholders: On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to present the unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial results of Rogers Sugar Inc. (the "Company") for the three and six months ended March 28, 2015.

Zimbabwe: Mahofa Slams Tongaat Hullet

Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs Senator Shuvai Mahofa has slammed Lowveld sugar producer Tongaat Hulett for deliberately dragging its feet in complying with indigenisation and empowerment laws to the detriment of thousands of landless people in the province.

Kenya: Nzoia Sugar Farmers to Get Firm Shares

Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka has promised to buy shares on behalf of farmers contracted by the Nzoia Sugar Company when the firm is privatised by the government.

Government May Announce Steps to Clear Cane Dues of Rs 20,000 Crore: Report

New Delhi: Concerned over growing agrarian crisis, the government will soon take steps to help sugar mills clear dues of over Rs 20,000 crore to cane growers as well as address quality concerns in wheat procurement after the recent spell of unseasonal rains.

Mackay Sugar CEO Quinton Hildebrand resigns

Mr Hildebrand intends to conclude his service with Mackay Sugar before the end of the year, enabling the Board of Directors the opportunity to conduct a thorough process to select his replacement.

Editorial: Mr Kellier's folly

Having been blocked in his effort to recreate a government monopoly for the importation of refined sugar, Derrick Kellier, the agriculture minister, has hatched a new scheme to undermine competition, ruin manufacturers, and send even more Jamaicans into unemployment.

Euroports in Antwerp Sugar Move

International transport and logistics provider Euroports has recently launched its biggest single investment for the expansion of its Antwerp, Belgium based sugar terminal.

Presentation on cane farming appears more a concoctive defence

For the benefit of relevant stakeholders, including those who would defend the sugar industry with obfuscations about its cane farming sector, see letter `All private cane farmers treated alike' (SN April 22, 2015), this writer can legitimately lay claim to being an active participant in pioneering the development of small cane farming across the industry in the 1960's, not only by organising the groups into cooperatives a category which is omitted from GuySuCo's reference to private farmers'; but also a contributor to the drafting of what is known as the National Cane Farming Committee Act (1965).

Sugar companies of East Africa come together under one umbrella

East African sugar stakeholders on Saturday joined hands by forming the East African Sugar Industry Association (EASIA) in an effort to collectively address serious challenges thwarting development of the sector in the trading bloc. sugar

Canadian Sugar Institute Encourages Canadians to seek Balanced Information

In advance of the screening of Sugar Coated, a documentary airing at this year's Hot Docs Festival, the Canadian Sugar Institute is inviting Canadians, and the media, to gather science based information on sugar in order to critically assess the content.

Customs tackles manufacturers who leak sugar into the retail trade

As major players in the manufacturing sector strongly oppose the Government's plans to impose a cess on imported refined sugar, head of Jamaica Customs, Major Richard Reese, has disclosed that his agency has clamped down on manufacturers who have leaked this product into the retail market.

Sugar mills owe farmers 900 cr

CHANDIGARH: At a time when farmers of Haryana are battling damage to their wheat crop following rain and hailstorm, around 80,000 cultivators of the state are waiting for payments for supplying sugarcane to the mills more than three months ago. Sugarcane was grown over 2 lakh acres in the state in 2014-15.

South Africa's Illovo Sugar flags lower FY earnings

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Illovo Sugar, Africa's biggest producer of the sweetener, said on Wednesday its full-year profits would fall due to depressed global prices and drought that has ravaged some of its crops in South Africa.

Bumper sugar production predicted

A bumper sugar production of 5.2 million tons has been forecast for the current year, as opposed to 5.03 million tons last year. "A buffer stock of 3.5 million tons of sugar is available with local sugar mills and Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) which is sufficient till February 2015," an official source of Ministry of National Food Security and Research told Business Recorder on Tuesday.

Sugar workers suffering since closure of Ogle Diagnostic Centre

The O.D.C, commonly known as the Ogle Diagnostic Centre, located in the compound of the Guysuco Head Office in Ogle was a health institution established in 1979 where the sugar workers along with their immediate families were entitled to free medical treatment and hospitalization.

Ramotar lays out sugar plan at Albion

As the ailing sugar industry continues to be a major campaign issue for next month's general elections, President Donald Ramotar yesterday announced several aspects of a revival plan to supporters at a rally in the Berbice sugar community of Albion.

Peasant cane farmers in Demerara want same benefits as those in Berbice

It appears that the Ministry of Agriculture and Guysuco have different sets of policies and systems for Berbice cane farmers/contractors and another for Demerara cane farmers, especially West Bank Demerara cane farmers .

Sugar Research Australia seeks roles for Research Funding Panel

Sugar Research Australia (SRA) is inviting applications from qualified and skilled people for the roles of Chair and Members of the SRA Research Funding Panel (RFP).

Sugar regulator slowly suffocating industry

The former Kenya Sugar Board (KSB), which is now the Sugar Directorate under Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Authority (AFFA), is systematically and ruthlessly killing the country's sugar industry that it is mandated to protect and regulate either by default or deliberate design.

Dangote Sugar Refinery to Pay N4.8bn Dividend

Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc recorded improved bottom line for the 2014 despite the challenging operating environment. The audited results of the company released last Friday showed a profit after tax of N11.6 billion, up from N10.8 billion. Based on the performance, the directors have recommended dividend of N4.8 billion, which translates into 40 kobo per share.

Sugar factory is releasing effluents into canal

Aland Taluk Sugarcane Growers Sangha has charged NSL Sugars Ltd. with releasing the untreated effluents and excess molasses illegally into the left bank canal of the Amarja project near Bhusnur village in Aland taluk in Kalaburagi district.

Egypt imposes temporary tariff on sugar imports

The Egyptian government with conduct a probe into a recent increase in sugar imports that contributed to pressure already felt in its domestic sugar industry

Egypt's stocks slip as sugar protectionism may hurt food makers

Egypt's main stock index slipped in early trade on Sunday, partly because of Juhayna Food Industries, which may face higher costs. But most stocks rose and El Arabia For Investment & Development surged after saying it might sell a unit.

Suedzucker Says Tough Sugar, Ethanol Markets Hurt Earnings

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Zim, SA Open for Deeper Economic Co-Operation

President Robert Mugabe's visit to South Africa earlier this month (April 7-9) marked the second state visit to the republic in 21 years. His last state visit was in 1994. While a number of issues were on the agenda, it is clear that discussions on bilateral and regional economic co-operation took centre stage.

Sugar mills in a soup

The industry is facing the worst crisis and stakeholders have been demanding revenue-sharing cane price, withdrawal of VAT and measures to encourage ethanol production, but the response from the State government has been tepid.

SRA appoints new Manager Communications

Sugar Research Australia (SRA), the sugar industry's owned company for research, development and extension, has announced the appointment of its new Manager Communications, Mr Brad Pfeffer.

Sugar industry asks for rationalised cane price policy across the country

The sugar industry has called for a rationalised cane price policy across the country, in the wake of cane price arrears crossing Rs 19,000 crore and about 3 million tonnes of surplus stock pulling the prices down in the market.

Surplus sugar to stress mills' profitability: ICRA

Pune, April 15: Surplus sugar in both domestic and international markets will continue to keep prices under pressure in the near term, according to a report by ratings agency ICRA.

Mexico's Arca says looking at government sugar mills tender

Mexican bottle maker Arca Continental is considering taking part in the government's auction of 9 state-held sugar mills, the company's chief executive said on Wednesday.

South Africa's Illovo Sugar flags lower FY earnings

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Illovo Sugar, Africa's biggest producer of the sweetener, said on Wednesday its full-year profits would fall due to depressed global prices and drought that has ravaged some of its crops in South Africa.

Brazil sugar output to rise

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA: Brazil's 2015-16 cane crop, which began crushing this month, is due to churn out 37.35 million tonnes (mt) of sugar, up 5 per cent from a year earlier, with most of the growth coming from the main centre-south harvest, government crop supply agency Conab said late on Monday.

Marginal sugar exporters to eye local markets after EU quotas end

Less efficient sugar exporters are likely to focus on boosting sales to growing domestic markets after EU production quotas are dismantled in 2017, a senior executive of French producer Tereos said on Tuesday.

Dreyfus backs idea of rising Brazilian sugar output

The debate over prospects for sugar output from Brazil's key Centre South region swung towards a rise in output this season as Louis Dreyfus backed ideas of a crop of at least 33.5m tonnes, although rain concerns kept a prop under futures.

Cabinet increases minimum price of beet sugar by 36.7% for 2015/16 agri-year

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has increased the minimum price of beet sugar for the 2015/16 agricultural year (September August) by 36.7% compared to the current year, to UAH 6,454.73 per tonne (value added tax not included).

Why record sugar production not good for Maharashtra

Maharashtra witnessed record sugar production this year. By the end of this crushing season, it will be producing more than 10 million tonnes of sugar. This will be around 40 per cent of the country's total production, 25 per cent higher than last year's.

Sweet outlook for knowledge export

KNOWLEDGE is shaping up to be the latest export for the Sunshine Coast's sugar industry. Local sugar growing has been in decline since the 2003 closure of the Moreton Sugar Mill in Nambour, but the export of research and development knowledge is providing new hope.

EU sugar exports to rise after quotas dismantled-Tereos

EU white sugar exports are expected to rise and imports to the 28-nation bloc will likely fall after production quotas are dismantled in 2017, a senior official of French producer Tereos said on Tuesday.

Feasibility study on revival of Brahmavar sugar factory soon

Vinay Kumar Sorake, Urban Development Minister, said on Monday that the government would order a feasibility study to decide on the revival of Brahmavar Cooperative Sugar Factory in the district.

Maharashtra sugar cooperatives' leader Ghatge passes away

Vikram Ghatge, founder of Shree Chhattrapati Shahu Cooperative Sugar Factory in Kolhapur and known for his work in Maharashtra's cooperative sugar sector, died of heart attack on Monday morning. He was 66.

Labour manifesto has sugar in its sights

The UK Labour Party today (13 April) issued its manifesto for the country's upcoming general election - and has pledged to take aim at sugar.

Malawi: Nine Police Officers Detained in Connection With Missing Equipment At GBI

Salima National Police Public relations officer Rhoda Manjolo has confirmed that nine police officers are in custody at Salima Police after equipment went missing at the Salima Green Belt Initiative (GBI) Sugar Processing Factory, on the nights the officers were providing security to the premises.

GuySuCo needs to invest in modern machinery and technology, not just human resources

As a former HR practitioner in Guyana and now operating in the Caribbean, I always read with keen interest developments in human resource management and labour relations in Guyana, and more particularly in the sugar industry, where I had my earlier groundings as a clerk in the personnel department. I read with interest the missive from Mr Earl John, whom I remembered as a former Personnel Director in GuySuCo, captioned Priority should be given to the humanisation of GuySuCo over mechanisation' carried in SN edition of April 10.

EU support for sugar industry

WITH the European Union channelling about $150million into the country's sugar sector, more support projects are anticipated to start soon with the aim of helping sugar farmers.

Negron proves there is hope state lawmakers will stand up to Big Sugar

They spell out Buy the Land in live bodies along along a Stuart beach. They gather in standing-room-only crowds at South Florida Water Management District meetings, traveling from Miami aboard Tri Rail and car pools from the Treasure Coast.

Sugar price slump canes Queensland growers

Kevin Borg is flat out on his sugar farm an hour south of Mackay ahead of the harvest in May or June. After a dry February he has one eye on the weather, looking for rain before the tall green sugarcane is due to be cut. The other is watching turmoil 11,000 kilometres across the Pacific Ocean.

Major EU processors have all signalled intent to increase production after quotas

CONTINUED increases in production across the EU sugar sector, despite declining prices, mean a 'near-perfect storm' is brewing for the industry.

Troubled Mumias Sugar now accuses ex-managers of sabotage

Mumias Sugar Company (MSC) is now blaming its former managers for sabotaging reforms meant to see the firm get the Sh1 billion bailout from the Government.

Why sugar miller Rai is set to be on many lips

Rai Holdings is emerging as a key player in the East African sugar sector with its business spreading fast in Kenya and Uganda.

Five govt-owned sugar firms in $1b debt

Five government-owned sugar companies are steeped in debt amounting to Ksh100 billion ($1.1 billion) due to mismanagement and dumping of illegal sugar in the Kenyan market.

Local sugar industry can survive ASEAN free trade

The local sugar industry, despite the recent decline in output, is expected to overcome the ASEAN free trade, especially with the newly approved Sugar Industry Development Act that is designed to improve the quality of the country's sugar at the same time lowering its price.

Wilmar warns of potential Australian sugar production shortfall

SYDNEY: Australia's sugar production during the 2014/15 season may miss official estimates as a result of recent dry weather across the northeast coast of the world's third-largest raw sugar exporter, Wilmar International Ltd said on Wednesday.

India might consider white sugar export incentive - minister

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India might consider giving cash-strapped sugar companies an incentive to export white, or refined, sugar as long as mills agree to pay the dues they owe to millions of cane growers, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Wednesday.

Priority should be given to the humanisation of GuySuCo over mechanisation

It seems time for a splurge of sugary mouthings about the named national industry by all and sundry, political personalities in particular, who feel compelled to make renditions which may sound sweet to the ear. The trouble is that these ill-informed and under-informed persons have actually conveyed the impression that they believe in what they actually do not know.

Mumias Sugar can bail itself out

KENYA: The crippling problems strangling the very survival of the country's leader in sugar production, the giant Mumias Sugar Company (MSC) is a classic example on how bad corporate governance, corruption, bad politics and outright looting by top corporate individuals have ruined the lives and a promising economy supporting more than 10 million people.

Paswan to meet cane growers, CMs next week

With the sugar industry struggling to pay cane arrears to farmers, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has convened two separate meetings next week with the farmers and Chief Ministers of sugar producing states to help resolve the crisis.

Another presidential defender

The head of the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA), Maria Regina Bautista-Martin, sought to clarify certain provisions of Republic Act 10659, one of two laws discussed in my column last Wednesday. The SRA administrator took strong exception to commentaries made on RA 10659 signed into law last March 27 by President Benigno Noy Aquino III.

What plans do the political parties have to improve the state of sugar in Guyana?

The oft repeated adage that government must not involve itself in commercial ventures appears to be vindicated when one considers the parlous financial straits in which GuySuCo presently finds itself.

Queensland Farmers' Federation chief executive quits to take top job at Canegrowers

A leadership shuffle is underway in Queensland agri-politics, with the chief executive of the Queensland Farmers' Federation (QFF) to take the top job at Canegrowers.

The other presidential lapses'

Forgoing anew the traditional ceremonies at Malacaang Palace, President Benigno Noy Aquino III quietly signed into law the Sugarcane Industry Development Act of 2015. The new law under Republic Act 10659 lays down the legal groundwork to supposedly maximize production of the country's sugarcane industry.

Domestic sugar refineries oppose sugar imports from Laos

The Vietnamese-owned Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group has received approval from the government to import 50,000 tons of sugar made in Laos, creating concern among domestic sugar companies.

Sugar experts to visit Bundaberg this April

SUGAR industry researchers, millers and growers from Australia and overseas will soon gather in Bundaberg to discover the latest developments in sugar technology.

Indonesian government prevents supply of doubled refined sugar to open market

The Indonesia trade ministry said it is seeking to prevent illegal supply of double refined sugar to the open market for household consumption.

Labor group Sugarcane Act

A labor group said it doubts that the Sugarcane Industry Development Act will answer the problems of Negros Occidental's major industry.

Sugarbeet industry executive outlines challenges for 2015

FARGO, N.D. Trade issues, politics, labeling and bio-tech concerns are just a few of the topics touched upon during remarks by Luther Markwart, American Sugarbeet Growers Association executive vice president, at the 53rd annual International Sugarbeet Institute. But he started his presentation talking about a subject that has had a big impact recently on the declining price of sugar-imports of Mexican sugar.

IndoAgri eyes Indonesian expansion, may build sugar mill-CEO

Singapore-listed plantation firm Indofood Agri Resources Ltd's ambitions to expand in Indonesia could involve a new sugar mill but finding suitable land is a challenge standing in the way, its chief executive said on Tuesday.

Wilmar warns of potential Australian sugar production shortfall

Australia's sugar production during the 2014/15 season may miss official estimates as a result of recent dry weather across the northeast coast of the world's third-largest raw sugar exporter, Wilmar International Ltd said on Wednesday.

New sugar mill planned

Singapore-listed plantation firm Indofood Agri Resources Ltd could invest at least $150 million to build a new sugar mill in Indonesia to meet rising demand there, its chief executive said on Tuesday.

Ethiopia: Sugar Production to Begin At Former Pakistani-Owned Plant

A sugar factory which the government took over from its Pakistani owners will commence trial production this month with an initial crushing capacity of 5,000tns of sugar a day.

Small sugar firms up on sustained demand

Mumbai, Apr 6 (PTI) Small sugar firmed up further at the Vashi wholesale market here today following sustained demand from bulk consumers and upcountry buyers.

Tea Tuesdays: How Tea + Sugar Reshaped The British Empire

Coffee and tea both landed in the British isles in the 1600s. In fact, java even got a head start of about a decade. And yet, a century later, tea was well on its way to becoming a daily habit for millions of Britons which it remains to this day.

BIOTONE Introduces Sugar Body Polishes

BIOTONE introduces new Sugar Body Polishes in three delightful fragrances of Berry Buff, Caf Brule and Coconut Crush. Created from a blend of rich moisturizers and natural gentle buffers, the invigorating new scrubs for professional and at-home use gently polish the skin to reveal its beautiful, radiant and youthful glow while treating clients to an enticing aromatic experience.

Sugar substitutes not so sweet for health

CANCER Council is warning Ipswich residents against health claims on products sweetened with sugar substitutes, many of which still contain higher than recommended levels of sugar.

'Healthy' fruit juice firms under fire over high sugar levels

'Healthy' fruit juices often contain more sugar than fizzy cola drinks - while some canned soft drinks contain twice the recommended daily amount of sugar, according to new research.

South Africa - a Fat, Hungry Nation

Food is a big issue in South Africa - we're the fattest country in sub-Saharan Africa and one of the 20 fattest countries in the world. At the same time, one in every four South Africans regularly goes hungry

Sudan: 'Contaminated Sugar' Sold At Markets in Nyala, South Darfur

Nyala The Sudanese Standards and Metrology Organisation has warned the residents of the South Darfur capital of Nyala, for contaminated sugar sold at the markets.

Nigeria: Price of Sugar Slumps as FAO Food Price Index Declines

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Food Price Index continued to decline in March, dropping 1.5 per cent from February and 18.7 per cent (40 points) below its level a year earlier.

Aquino signs law promoting development of sugarcane industry

The law aims to aid the development of the sugarcane industry especially as import duty will be 5% this year

Swaziland sugar revenue to drop further

AS sugar prices in the country's markets continue to drop, the Swaziland Sugar Association (SSA) has revealed that its revenue in 2015/16 will also decline.

Ex-sugar workers welcome EC$16M payout, but

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts JUST six weeks into governance and the tri-party alliance Team Unity has fulfilled two of its pre-election promises of economic relief to nationals, citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis, with the first being the removal of Value Added Tax (VAT) from all food, medicine and funeral expenses.

Agriculture: Ethiopia's sweet and sour harvests

The sugar plant at Wonji-Shoa is chugging along, but the government's 10 other projects estimated to cost more than $5.5bn face problems of their own.

Grafton, N.D., woman is female voice for sugar beet farms

FARGO, N.D. As U.S. sugar beet growers face increasing political fights about things such as genetically modified organisms in beet seed, they're raising the profile of their staunchest allies farm women.

Rabobank Sugar Quarterly Q1: Overwhelming Stocks Keep Prices in Decline

NEW YORK, April 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the latest Rabobank Sugar Quarterly report, abundant global sugar supplies have been steadily accumulating after four years of a production surplus, leading to the decline in global prices. Main import destinations like China and Indonesia have abundant stocks and are wary about importing more sugar in 2015, after seeing domestic prices collapse. Rabobank forecasts a global sugar production deficit of 0.7 million tonnes raw sugar for the season.

Sugar output could rise nearly 2 percent from previous forecast

PUNE, India (Reuters) - India's sugar output could rise nearly 2 percent this year from a previous forecast, as production in top-producing Maharashtra is expected to hit a record high, trade and government officials said on Thursday.

Kenya: Koyoo Wants Sugar Factories in Muhoroni Sold to Local Investors

State-owned sugar factories in Muhoroni constituency should be sold to local investors after privatization.

Mpulungu Habour Rehab Key to Great Lakes Trade

INFRASTRUCTURE development is a cardinal undertaking that helps spur growth of an economy and avails the citizen's efficient service delivery particularly in the social sector.

South Africa: Agro-Processing to Drive Economic Transformation

The reviving of agriculture and the agro-processing value chain is key for radical economic transformation, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.

Zambia: Plantation Welcome

THE move by Mansa Sugar to invest about US$54 million in the sugar plantation in Chembe District of Luapula province is commendable.

Canegrowers Queensland chair Paul Schembri, Greenpool Commodities analyst Tom McNeil and Herbert district cane grower Michael Waring discuss the impact of the falling global price of sugar

Canegrowers Queensland chair Paul Schembri, Greenpool Commodities analyst Tom McNeil and Herbert district cane grower Michael Waring discuss the impact of the falling global price of sugar, which is now below 12 US cents per pound

Petrocaribe Assists Former Sugar Workers in St. Kitts and Nevis

The country's leader says this is another example of the Venezuelan government's ongoing support for former sugar workers.

PNoy, solons thanked for sugarcane act

Sugar leaders yesterday thanked President Benigno Aquino for approving the Sugarcane Industry Development Act, and the lawmakers who authored the measure.

Sugarcane Bill signed into law

THE Sugarcane Bill is now a law after President Benigno S. Aquino III signed it on March 27. Negros Occidental Third District Rep. Alfredo Benitez, author of the bill's House version, said that Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa confirmed to him yesterday that President Aquino already signed the Sugarcane Law.

Michigan Sugar Co. wraps up annual beet slicing campaign, growers ready to plant new crop

MONITOR TOWNSHIP, MI -- Michigan Sugar Co. wrapped up its annual beet processing campaign on Monday and Mike Schmidt says he's ready to get a new season started.

Sugar beet processing plants wrap up work after big harvest

MONITOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. Sugar beet processing plants have wrapped up their annual work after a big Michigan harvest.

EID Parry sells Alagawadi Bireshwar Sugars for Rs 1.7 crore

Murugappa Group firm EID Parry (India) Ltd said that it has divested its entire shareholding of 1,02,222 equity shares of Rs 100 each in Alagawadi Bireshwar Sugars Pvt Ltd for Rs 1.70 crore.

Who is going to revamp the sugar industry?

In the Stabroek News of March 29, there is an article entitled Sugar Industry's problems bigger then Skeldon.' It's the only thing in this entire report on what Mr Jagdeo said at Freedom House on March 28, with which I agree.

Sugar industry in crisis': Govt mulls levying entry tax on outside sugar

The Punjab government is planning to impose entry tax on sugar coming from other states. A bill was to be moved on the last day of the budget session on Wednesday, but it was deferred so that the issue could be discussed threadbare and the interests of all stakeholders sugar manufacturers, sugarcane farmers and consumers are protected.

Malawi: Illovo to Continue Supporting Tree Planting Support in the Lower Shire

Chikwawa Illovo Sugar Company Limited has reiterated its commitment and support towards tree planting activities in the Lower Shire so that the environment is protected and that effects of climate are mitigated.

Sugar industry's problems bigger than Skeldon factory

Although willing to accept that he should have done more to address problems plaguing the Skeldon sugar factory, former President Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday said while critics focus on the plant, the entire industry needs overhauling.

Sugar sector project too large'

TWO FORMER Cabinet ministers have urged the Freundel Stuart Administration to consider scaling down its multimillion dollar sugar industry restructuring programme, saying conditions had changed too drastically.

State sugar industry bleeds amid falling sugar prices, rising costs

In what is emerging to be a major political challenge for the BJP-led government, a dozen private mills in India's top sugar producing state of Maharashtra have shut operations mid-way through the crushing season, weighed down the steep slide in sugar prices and rising input costs, leading to cumulative arrears of Rs 2500 crore to be paid to farmers.

Colombian sugar industry to add 21 MW to grid in 2015 - report

Colombia's sugar refineries expect to increase their power capacity to 269 MW and have a surplus of 89 MW for the grid at year-end, compared to 68 MW until now, according to local sugarcane industry association Asocana, quoted by daily Portafolio.

SRIF to revitalize strategic plan

The Sugar Research Institute of Fiji will revitalize its strategic plan as it takes steps to underpin the future success of the sugar industry.

Sugar hits fresh six-year low

London - Raw sugar futures touched a fresh six-year low on Friday, weighed by a strengthening dollar and abundant supplies, while arabica coffee and cocoa dipped in light volumes.

Farmers' cane arrears mount to 600 crore

MUZAFFARPUR: A piquant situation has cropped up in sugar industry in the state where a sudden fall in wholesale sugar price from Rs 3,400 to Rs 2,500 per quintal has forced the sugar mill owners to hold up payment of sugarcane farmers on the ground that they are unable to sustain the loss of Rs 750 in production of every quintal of sugar. As a result, about Rs 600 crore belonging to farmers of the state has been held up by factories this season so far.

Kenya: Mumias Farmers Want Say in Sugar Firm

Two leaders have said cane farmers from the Mumias sugar zone want the government to retain Coutts Otolo as managing director and Dan Ameyo as board chairman at the embattled Mumias Sugar Company.

Who are these untouchable sugar barons in Kenya?

So powerful are sugar barons that it is said the police, Parliament and intelligence fear unmasking the real faces behind the crippling woes in the sugar industry. Police claim the barons are untouchable,' while Parliament maintains that the intelligence has refused to disclose the names of those implicated in illegal importation and smuggling of sugar.

Fiji donates five tonnes of sugar to Vanuatu

Fiji's sugar industry is donating five tonnes of sugar to Vanuatu for cyclone relief, with the Fiji Sugar Corporation and the Ministry of Sugar handing over the first tonne to the National Disaster Management Office in Lautoka on Wednesday.

Sugar industry cries foul over VAT issue

Stakeholders from the sugar industry in Tamil Nadu feel that the State did not do justice to them. Removing VAT would have given a boost to this sector, they think. The South Indian Sugar Mills Association, Tamil Nadu (SISMA-TN), which met in Chennai on Thursday, said they hoped that Tamil Nadu Sugar Industry which is passing through the most traumatic period would be given some succour.

Punjab zone: Sugar association wants interest-free loans

LAHORE: The Punjab zone of the Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA) is demanding the government to provide interest-free loans at a three- or five-year term to safeguard sugarcane growers in the province.

Kenya sugar farming takes sour turn

There's growing calls to overhaul Kenya's struggling sugar industry - as it suffers further blows from falling prices and escalating competition. As Katie Gregory reports, it seems a government scheme designed to protect the industry by limiting imports - could infact be having the opposite effect.

COMESA grants Kenya one year sugar safeguard extension

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, COMESA has granted Kenya a one year extension of the existing safeguard.

Borough denies plan to build new homes on 130-acre sugar beet site

Ipswich council leader David Ellesmere has denied the authority has a secret plan to build thousands of new homes on the sugar beet site on the edge of the town.

Zambia: Mansa Sugar to Invest $54m

MANSA Sugar, is set to invest a total of US$54 million in the plantation and production of sugar in Chembe District of Luapula Province.

Zimbabwe: Tongaat Prefers Empowerment Credits Over Equity Disposals

TONGAAT Hulett's Managing Director, Sydney Mutsambiwa has called for the review of the country's indigenisation and economic empowerment law saying it should focus on empowerment credits for sustainability compared to disposing of shareholding.

SRA asks BIR to postpone 12 pct VAT on sugar

MANILA, Philippines - The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) has asked the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to postpone the implementation of the recently imposed 12 percent advance value-added tax on raw and refined sugar until the start of the next crop year.

Kenya: Kisumu Bishop Tells Residents to Buy Stake in Sugar Factories

KISUMU Catholic Archdiocese Bishop Zacchaeus Okoth has urged local communities to work together to buy a stake in the sugar factories during privatisation.

Sugar mills can be future power houses: Industry official

Kolkata, March 23 (IANS) The country's 550 odd sugar mills can produce at least 2,500 MW of electricity if they install high-power boilers which will involve an investment of Rs.150 crore for each mill, an industry official said here on Monday.

Illovo Sugar appoints Munday chairperson

SE-listed Illovo Sugar has appointed Trevor Munday its new chairperson, effective on the close of the sugar producer's annual general meeting (AGM) on July 15.

Bundaberg Sugar and farmer rep discuss new contract

Eliza Rogers speaks with Guy Basile from Bundaberg Sugar, and Allan Dingle from Bundaberg Canegrowers about a new deal with Coles

U.S. questions Bajan move to restructure sugar

The United States has questioned why Barbados is moving to devote a large amount of scarce resources to restructure the sugar industry.

Weather, politics topics at Sugarbeet Institute

FARGO, N.D. The 53rd International Sugarbeet Institute comes to the Fargodome on March 25 and 26 in Fargo.

U.S. questions move to restructure sector

THE UNITED STATES (US) HAS QUESTIONED why Barbados is moving to devote a large amount of scarce resources to restructure the sugar industry.

Increased cane production critical to the survival of Belize s sugar industry, says BSI

Cane farms in Belize need to produce more cane per acre to be able to cope with tbhe projected falling earnings of 2017, the Belize Sugar Industries explained in its latest publication.

Program to upskill workers

SEVENTY workers employed in the sugar industry will be able to acquire better management skills under a new training program by the EU and the Australian Government designed to upskill workers in targeted sectors in the Pacific.

Easing EAC sugar sales

The decision by the Kenya government to allow more imports of Uganda sugar was very welcome.

Price woes for sugar units

Kolkata: Sugar industry is heading towards a major crisis which if not looked into might lead to shutting down of many factories.

Future of sugar industry tricky', says analyst

As sugar has become one of the most maligned ingredients within food, Euromonitor International research analyst Jack Skelly says the future may prove trickyfor manufacturers.

Sugar mills under stress due to low ex-factory price

Kolkata, March 23 (IANS) Even as sugar production in India rose by 28 lakh tonnes by March 15 this year touching 221.8 lakh tonnes, the ex-factory price of sugar remains low compared to the procured cost of cane resulting in losses to the sugar industry, an industry official said here on Monday.

Changes to Cane and Sugar Act sought for opening of new plants

INDUSTRY Minister Chakramon Phasukavanich said yesterday the ministry would ask the Cabinet to amend the Cane and Sugar Act to facilitate the opening of about 50 sugar processing plants this year.

Bundaberg Sugar signs two-year contract with Coles

BUNDABERG Sugar has signed a two-year contract with Coles to supply about 20,000 tonnes of sugar a year.

Sugar output exceeds demand

Just as cane harvests expand in India and Thailand, farmers in Brazil, the world's largest producer, are ramping up exports to take advantage of a tumble in the exchange rate that has swelled their profit margins. And crops that were hurt by drought last year have been revived by rain. Global output is set to exceed demand for a fifth straight year, leaving the biggest stockpiles on record, the International Sugar Organization said.

South Africa: Commission of Enquiry Into Dududu Mass Graves

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu says an official request will be sent to President Jacob Zuma to set up a commission of enquiry following the discovery of mass graves on Glenroy farm in Dududu.

Nigeria: Dangote to Increase Refinery Capacity to 650,000bpd

In a move that will see Nigeria having the largest petroleum refinery in the world, Africa's richest man and President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has announced that he will increase his refinery's capacity to process 650,000 barrels per day, thus making it the single largest stream in the world.