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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.

Cane conference a sweet success

A DEMOGRAPHICALLY diverse group of 164 sugar cane industry professionals ranging from those just beginning their careers to others starting to think about succession plans convened at Palm Cove on March 16-18 for the 2015 Case IH Step Up! Conference.

SIFI holds pre-job orientation

The Sugar Industry Foundation Inc. recently held a two-day Pre-Job Orientation at the SIFI Training Center, Talisay City, participated in by 17 SIFI scholars who will graduate this year.

Kenya sugar farming turns sour as import curbs fail

In the sugar cane fields of western Kenya, farmers complain that falling prices mean they can barely make ends meet. Yet rival African producers can still offer cheaper supplies.

Nothing Can Sweeten This Bad News for the Sugar Industry

For decades, big business has been at odds with the government over regulation of certain industries. The desire to clamp down, from the government or public's perspective, is the result of undue harm being caused by industry as a result of use of specific products, or simply externalities caused by product creation. Businesses, on the other hand, are simply trying to maximize profits at any cost.

Sugar shares hit 52-week low

Shares of most of the sugar companies are trading at their 52-week lows after the sweetener prices fallen to five year low following ample stocks on persistent supplies from mills amidst weak demand.

Sugar trade deal strikes big blow to U.S. refiners, candymakers

U.S. regulators' decision to approve a controversial trade deal with Mexico has struck a major blow to sugarcane refiners, who will struggle to source supplies, and confectioners, who will pay higher sugar prices.

Sugar Glut, Sliding Real, Hurt Asian Producers

HONG KONGLife is far from sweet for some top sugar-producing nations, as a global glut combined with a collapse...

The 4 Most Confusing Things About Sugar

Nowadays, when people meet me and hear that I'm a dietitian, the first thing they want to know is: What's the deal with sugar? No doubt, sugar is the diet villain du jour. You've probably seen some scary headlines calling sugar toxic and pointing to it as the source of all our health woes. But the real story is far more complex.

BBC documentary The Truth About Sugar asks tough questions


Cosan says weak currency to help Brazil regain sugar market share

SAO PAULO, March 19 (Reuters) - The sharp depreciation of the Brazilian currency will help Brazil win back a larger share of the international sugar market, Marcos Lutz, the chief executive of sugar and ethanol producer Cosan said on Thursday. (Reporting by Marcelo Teixeira; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Western Sugar to pay $6K fine for OSHA safety citations that led to worker injury

An informal settlement agreement between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Western Sugar Cooperative's Billings plant calls for a $6,000 fine for two serious safety violations that injured a worker in August.

Lessons for food marketers as sugar consumption in UK tumbles

As the health debate surrounding sugar continues, food marketers are reviewing their product formulation and marketing strategies.

Say Goodbye to Refined Sugar and Try Flavorful, Natural Alternatives

Ask any health expert and they'll tell you sugar is the devil. While it's in your best interest to practice moderation when it comes to any treats, you might as well do so without worrying about what other mystery ingredients may be in processed goodies. Shauna Sever of The Next Door Baker is here to help you satisfy your cravings guilt-free with a just-launched dessert recipe cook book, Real Sweet ($21). Her latest recipes use only natural, unrefined and alternative sweeteners (think coconut sugar, agave nectar, orange blossom honey, pure maple syrup and more you maybe never heard ofjaggery, anyone?)

Here's How Much Sugar Consumption Is Hurting the Global Economy

Sugar may not be so sweet when it comes to its effects on the world economy. That's the conclusion of Morgan Stanley analysts in a new research report. They say that because health is a key driver of economic growth, rising diabetes and obesity rates cloud the outlook in both emerging markets and developed economies. Sugar consumption is one major culprit behind such health problems making it a liability for global output.

Ethiopia: Unverified Allegations About Ethiopia's 'Highly Successful' Development Programmes

The UK's Department of International Development (DfID) issued a statement last week on its development relationship with Ethiopia pointing out that Ethiopia was delivering impressive progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.

Kenya: Kabras Sugar to Build New Sports Facility

Kabras Sugar are in the process of putting up a sports academy. Brand manager Joe Koech said the sugar millers have acquired 8 acres of land in Kabras to put up the facility which will cater for both rugby and football.

Kenya: Firm Fines Farmers for Narok Fires

SUGARCANE farmers in Trans Mara, Narok county, have lost more than 1,500 hectares of mature crop to fires in one month.

Kenya: Kakamega Lobby Puts Lawmakers On Notice Over Mumias Sugar

A lobby group has put on notice elected leaders from Western region who are reluctant to fight for the revival of Mumias Sugar Company.

Unprecedented Sugar Glut Sweeps Across the Globe

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.

Ethiopia: PM Slams Construction Industry Players

In front of a crowd of 4,000 members of the construction sector in Ethiopia, who attended a three-day meeting to talk about the new policy direction that the government has set for the construction sector for the coming decade,

Tanzania: Bagamoyo Land Grabbing Denied

TANZANIA has strongly disputed a recent report by a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that claimed Bagamoyo EcoEnergy in partnership with the government is grabbing land from the people.

Kenya: Mumias Board Calls Shareholders for an EGM in April

Nairobi Mumias Sugar Company has now called for an Extraordinary General Meeting for its shareholders to be held on April 10.

Nigeria: Dangote Group Hopeful U.S.$9 Billion Refinery Kicks Off By 2017

A new $9 billion oil refinery producing 500,000 barrels per day being developed by Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, is expected to come on stream in Nigeria by 2017, a senior Dangote Group official said yesterday. The refinery, to be located in Lagos, will cut Nigeria reliance on international markets for refined petroleum products, which constitute imports of more than 80 percent of the nation's fuel needs. The lack of sufficient refining capacity is a major handicap in Nigeria.

Sugar producers facing issues

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.

Mills seek government incentives to export white sugar

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's money-losing sugar mills are looking for another round of government incentives to export refined products as a supply glut hammers global and local prices, with no end in sight.

Sugar planters told: Bring sugar tax issues before SC

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Maraon Jr. advised sugar planters to bring their tax issues before the Supreme Court.

Sugar output seen to fall short of target

MANILA, PhilippinesDomestic production of raw sugar is expected to fall short of the 2.5 million-ton goal for the current crop year that ends in July, prompting regulators to scrap export allocations for countries other than the United States.

Brazil's Cosan says to sell slightly more sugar in 2015/16

SAO PAULO, March 18 (Reuters) - Brazil's largest sugar and ethanol group Cosan SA said on Wednesday it would likely sell 4.2 million to 4.4 million tonnes of sugar in the 2015/16 crop year, slightly above the 4.1-4.3 million sold in 2014/15.

Tick programme re-introducing sugar criteria

The Heart Foundation is embracing the latest World Health Organisation recommendations and re-introducing a sugar criterion into relevant categories of its Tick programme.

Sh3bn sugar exports fake: report

Top managers at Mumias Sugar Company colluded with Kenya Revenue Authority officials and made fictitious sugar exports of Sh3 billion between 2006 and 2012, says a parliamentary report.

Kenya sugar farming turns sour as import curbs fail

MUMIAS, Kenya, March 18 (Reuters) - In the sugar cane fields of western Kenya, farmers complain that falling prices mean they can barely make ends meet. Yet rival African producers can still offer cheaper supplies.

Ambassador Derrick Heaven the new JCPS boss takes up office on April 1

Ambassador Derrick Heaven, the former executive chairman of the Sugar Industry Authority (SIA), has been appointed as the new chairman of the board of directors of the Jamaica Cane Product Sales (JCPS), effective April 1, 2015.

$5m Government Cane Development Grant

A $5m Government Cane Development Grant will soon be released to the Ministry of Sugar Industry and the Fiji Sugar Corporation to help in the expansion of sugarcane production in the country

Sugar industry needs drastic reforms

Experts and officials have pointed out that Viet Nam is poised to reduce import tariffs sharply under WTO and ASEAN commitments.

Hellenic Sugar names Dimitrios Giannakidis new CEO and Chairman of the board

Names Dimitrios Giannakidis Chairman of the board and CEO * Says Lambros Charalambous resigned earlier from both of his roles of CEO and Chairman of the board

The untold story of how the sugar industry shaped key government research about your teeth

Decades-old documents have surfaced showing that the powerful U.S. sugar industry skewed the government's medical research on dental careand ultimately what officials recommended for American diets.

Lessons for food marketers as sugar consumption in UK tumbles

As the health debate surrounding sugar continues, food marketers are reviewing their product formulation and marketing strategies.

Cristal Union spurns Tereos approach despite sugar price turmoil

PARIS, March 16 (Reuters) - French sugar and ethanol maker Cristal Union on Monday firmly declined a merger offer from competitor Tereos even if, as it expects, the slump in world sugar prices will hit its profits for the next two years.

The World Is Awash in Sugar

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.

MPs vow to oppose report on sugar crisis

Kenya: A major division has emerged in the National Assembly's Agriculture Committee over the long awaited report on the crisis in the sugar industry amid claims of a conspiracy to water down the findings and shield prominent figures.

Nanning Sugar Industry gets regulatory approval for private placement

Says gets securities regulator's approval to issue shares in private placement

Help for local sugar industry

Government is expected to add several million more dollars during this week's Estimates to help the island's sugar industry.

Unprecedented sugar glut sweeps world

The world has never been so awash in sugar. 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.

Birla Sugar goes for business restructuring

The idea behind the process is to house the businesses of the company, mainly tea and sugar, under different heads

Study claims sugar industry influenced anti-caries program

Citing internal cane and beet sugar documents dating back to 1959, an article published in PLOS Medicine claims that the sugar industry made a concerted effort to alter the priorities of the National Institute of Dental Research's (NIDR's) 1971 National Caries Program (NCP). Cristin Kearns, Stanton A. Glantz, et al., Sugar Industry Influence on the Scientific Agenda of the National Institute of Dental Research's 1971 National Caries Program: A Historical Analysis of Internal Documents, PLOS Medicine, March 2015.

Sugar mills facing closure due to disparity in prices

The price of sugar, both in the domestic market and the international market even with the export incentive, does not make the whole business viable. No wonder, several large sugar mills are seriously considering closure as an option due to this disparity in prices

Kenya: House Team Told to Table Mumias Sugar Findings

National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi yesterday warned the Agriculture Committee that it risks disbandment for not tabling a report on the rot at Mumias Sugar Company.

Anxiety in House as Comesa sugar safeguards expire

Members of Parliament are in a hurry to see five sugar millers privatised. They said the Government-owned millers need to be sold to enable them survive the influx of cheap sugar imports expected after expiry of tariff safeguards under the Common Market for Southern and Eastern Africa ( Comesa).

Sucden, ED&F Man expected to scoop up 1 mln T of sugar ICE delivery

Feb 27 (Reuters) - ED&F Man and Sucres & Denrees (Sucden) are expected to buy just over 1 million tonnes of raw sugar against the March ICE contract that expired on Friday, raising questions about whether the larger-than expected purchase has homes as prices tumble.

Sunshine Sugar plans to sell 50% of company to Manildra

THE Sunshine Sugars Co-operative hopes a plan to sell 50% of its milling operation to Australian wheat, sugar and ethanol company Manildra will help protect the Australian sugar industry.

Union: Involve farmers

CANEFARMERS no longer see the sugar industry as a profitable one, says National Farmers Union general secretary Mahendra Chaudhry.

No provision for MSMEs, sugar industry in Union Budget

Meerut: Small and medium scale industry leaders in Meerut have received Saturday's Union Budget in a lukewarm manner - they say provisions are mostly pro-big business. Also, the sugar industry, reeling under a crisis and unable to pay dues to sugarcane farmers, is disappointed with the Union Budget.

Hellenic Sugar EBITDA loss widens to 25.52 mln euros

H2 net loss figures to 39.76 million euros versus loss of 14.36 million euros year ago. A Hellenic Sugar Industry spokesman corrected a statement earlier issued by the company

Zambia Sugar PLC denies tax evasion assertions

The Zambia Sugar Company has dispelled assertions that it has been evading paying tax to government.

Investors eye sugar industry

TRYNESS MBALE, Mazabuka THE Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) has received several applications from prospective investors into the sugar industry.

UAE has high sugar consumption

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia and Egypt are among the Middle East's top ten most prevalent countries for diabetes, even though the UAE has the highest sugar consumption, according to a recent study done by Nielsen Market Research and Analysis Company.

Indian firm to build $400m Jazan sugar refinery

India-based Shree Basaveshwar Sugars Limited (SBSL) has signed an agreement to build a SR1.5-billion ($400 million) sugar refinery in Jazan Industrial City in southern Saudi Arabia, a report said.

Deal signed for SR1.5 billion Jazan sugar refinery

Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Nasser, chief promoter of Jazan Industrial City, has signed an agreement with Shree Basaveshwar Sugars Ltd. (SBSL) of India to establish an SR1.5 billion sugar refinery project in the new industrial city located south of the Kingdom.

ugar Investment Trust: le CEO Bholah dmissionne

Accompagn de son homme de loi, Ravin Bholah s'est prsent devant un comit disciplinaire mardi. Suspendu de ses fonctions de Chief Executive Officer (CEO) du Sugar Investment Trust (SIT) depuis mi-janvier, il a prfr soumettre sa dmission. Au NG Tower bne, sige du SIT, il ressort que l'ex-n 1 est reparti avec deux mois de salaire.

Zero sugar choice

MOTIBHAI Group is proud to be the first local owned company to develop the formulation, manufacture and distribute sugar free soft drinks in Fiji and also export them to neighbouring countries.

U.S. sugar refiners challenge deal over Mexico imports

WASHINGTON, Feb 19 (Reuters) - A deal to set limits on sugar imports to the United States from Mexico would squeeze U.S. sugar refiners and puts the needs of growers and millers first, refiners said on Thursday.

Report puts Mumias mess on Evans Kidero's doorstep

NAIROBI: A parliamentary draft report on the ailing sugar industry says Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, who was Managing Director of Mumias Sugar Company (MSC), should take full responsibility for the fraudulent transactions that have brought the firm to its knees, The Standard on Saturday can reveal.

Kenya: State Wants Foreign Boss for Mumias, Says Savula

THE government wants to appoint an expatriate manager to run Mumias Sugar Company, Lugari MP Ayub Savula has said.

New plant to save Rwanda Rwf20 billion in sugar imports

The country could save up to $28 million (about Rwf20 billion) on sugar importation when Mauritian investor, Mauritius ACS Limited, starts producing sugar by the end of the year, Emmanuel Hategeka, the Ministry of Trade and Industry permanent secretary, has said.

Cane theft could cost two sugar millers in Kakamega their licences

Licences of two private millers in western Kenya could be revoked should Parliament adopt a report on the findings of an inquiry into the challenges facing the sugar sector.

Mackay Sugar directors defeat call for resignation in general meeting

An attempt by a group of canegrower-shareholders to overthrow the leadership of Mackay Sugar failed last night.

Mackay Sugar has held a general meeting, in which an attempt to overthrow two directors failed

Mackay Sugar has held a general meeting, in which an attempt to overthrow directors Andrew Cappello and Sydney Gordon failed.

Senators launch fresh bid for sugar policy overhaul

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three senators on Thursday introduced a bill to overhaul the U.S. government's controversial sugar program, aiming to lower price-support levels and change domestic supply restrictions.

Sugar shareholders debate about directors

IN accordance with Section 249D of the Corporations Act 2001, a General Meeting for all shareholders was held today, Monday 16 February 2015 to vote on a resolution calling for the resignation of two Grower Directors, Mr Andrew Cappello and Mr Sydney Gordon.

Sugar mills make distress sales to pay farmers

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's cash-strapped sugar mills, waiting on the government to approve export subsidies, are being forced to dump supplies in the domestic market to raise cash to pay cane farmers, pulling down local prices to 4-1/2 year lows.

Mauritius sugar producer Alteo says profit rises 16 pct in first half

PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - Mauritius sugar producer Alteo's pretax profit rose 16.7 percent to 1.041 billion rupees ($31.35 million) boosted by a one-off disposal of a stake it held in a hotel company, it said on Thursday.

Senators launch fresh bid for sugar policy overhaul

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three senators on Thursday introduced a bill to overhaul the U.S. government's controversial sugar program, aiming to lower price-support levels and change domestic supply restrictions.

Sugar mills seek govt help to dispose of supply surplus

DUBAI (Reuters) - Struggling sugar mills in India should benefit from a fixed-pricing mechanism for fuel ethanol but still need government support to export surplus sugar, the Director General of the Indian Sugar Mills Association said on Sunday.

Zambia Sugar's sweet Irish tax deal

A Zambian food company pays almost no tax in poverty-stricken Africa, opting instead to route its profits through Dublin. Our tax regime helps multinationals but does little for struggling nations

Much needed reform to sugar program reintroduced

Due in large part to the high price of sugar, U.S. sugar-using companies continue to move offshore or go out of business altogether. It has long been known by the sugar-using industries that 130,000 jobs have been lost in due to the U. S. Sugar Program passed in the 2008 Farm Bill. In 2012 the Senate Agriculture Committee approved in its farm bill to reauthorized the current sugar program without any change through crop year 2017 and therefore forced U. S. sugar-using industries to continue to pay 50 percent above the world price for sugar. Over and over throughout the following years many sugar-using industries have pleaded for reform; over and over amendments have been offered only to be tabled or voted down. Even though our U. S. Sugar Program has led to a nearly $300 million bailout of the sugar industry in 2013 when our government was forced to buy hundreds of thousands of tons of sugar to protect sugar processors from default who borrowed taxpayer dollars under the current price-support program.

More woes for the sugar industry

Yesterday's headlines screamed of confusion among sugar stakeholders leading to the stoppage of the sugar bidding last Thursday due to the 1 percent tax imposed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue on the withdrawal of sugar from the mills.

Sugar conduct taskforce will put the cards on the table'

AFTER being plagued by concerns over sugar marketing deals, farmers are having their voices heard.

Tough grind for sugar

DESPITE extensive Government efforts to revitalise the country's sugar industry, Fiji will need to prepare for a reduction in export revenues before 2017, Prime Minister and Minister for Sugar Voreqe Bainimarama warned.

BMJ Investigation Claims To Blow The Lid Off Sugar Industry's Attempts To Influence Health Policy

An investigative report from the BMJ reportedly found extensive links between the sugar industry and public health scientists. British freelance investigative journalist Jonathan Gornall, formerly of the Times and previously named Freelance Journalist of the Year by the Medical Journalists Association, claims in his series of reports published in the BMJ that the sugar industry could be influencing health policy.

Dalmia Bharat Sugar acquires one more sugar mill in Maharashtra

PUNE: Delhi-based Dalmia Bharat Sugar Industries has acquired Ninaidevi SSK, a sick sugar cooperative in Maharashtra's Sangli district, for Rs 24.32 crore through auction process. Its second buyout in the country's largest sugar producing state signifies increasing preference among companies with a national presence and international trading houses for Maharashtra over Uttar Pradesh for new investments.

Brazil's Sao Martinho profit jumps 66 pct on sugar and energy sales

Brazil's Sao Martinho sugar and ethanol group said October-to-December net profit grew 66 percent from a year ago to 54.6 million reais ($19.7 million), crediting improved sales of sugar and biomass electricity.

Abadi visits Babel province to inaugurate Sugar Factory

Babel ( The Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, visited Hilla city of central Babel province on Monday. Reporter of said Abadi will inaugurate Sugar Factory with a capacity of 3.000 tons daily. The Factory is established by an Iraqi investor, the reporter added.

Khon Kaen Sugar keeps its focus on renewable energies

SET-listed Khon Kaen Sugar Industry Plc (KSL), Thailand's fourth-largest sugar miller, expects strong revenue growth this year despite global sugar prices being unlikely to provide substantial profit.

Mauritius 2014 sugar output hit by strike, heavy rains

PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - Mauritius estimated sugar production for 2014 fell 4 percent compared to forecasts, the Chamber of Agriculture said on Monday, blaming a workers strike and heavy rains for disrupting the harvest.

Sugar-sponsored coloring book for kids hits a sour note

A children's coloring book produced by the sugar industry starred in a two-county controversy last week one that raises questions about how corporate propaganda gets distributed.

Drought may cost sugar industry R920m this season

Drought in South Africa's main sugar-producing region may cost the industry about $81 million, a growers' association said.

Businessman at centre of the Sh1.2b Mumias sugar import scandal

High flying businessman Benson Sande Ndeta was relaxing in the US with his family during his Christmas holiday when the email came.

Kantale Sugar Factory to reopen soon

The government is making arrangements to reopen the Kantale Sugar Factory in collaboration with the new investors. Basic procedures in this regard are ongoing, Land Development Minister M. K. D. S. Gunawardena said.

Tate shares plunge as ethanol, sugar force profits warning

Shares in Tate & Lyle plunged 15% after the corn processor, again, warned on profits, citing a "sharp deterioration" in ethanol margins and the weak European sugar market which has caught out some rivals too.

Venezuela begins sugar occupation

National guardsmen and state price adjusters are fanning out across Venezuela to impose a military-style occupation with an unusual goal - Making sure shoppers can buy enough sugar.

Villar: Sugar workers to benefit more from new Sugar Act

The Senate has adopted the reconciled version of the bill that will equip the local sugar industry with the necessary tools in order to compete with other Southeast Asian countries in time for the economic integration later this year.

Swaziland: Mystery of Swazi King's $10 Million 'Loan'

There is a mystery as to why King Mswati III of Swaziland needed a US$10 million loan from the company running the Ngwenya Iron Ore Mine.

Kenya: Mumias Sugar Told to Change Management

MUMIAS Sugar Company's lenders have called for a new team that can drive the business differently.

Egypt's Al Nouran plant sugar to start operations in Q4 2016: CEO

DUBAI (Reuters) - Egypt's Al Nouran sugar production facility, a 2.5 billion Egyptian pound ($357 million) project, will begin operations in the last quarter of 2016, the firm's chairman and chief executive officer Ashraf Mahmoud told Reuters on Sunday.

New sugar refinery to start operations in Saudi Arabia by end-2017

DUBAI, Feb 2 (Reuters) - A new sugar refinery is due to start operations in Jizan in southwest Saudi Arabia by the end of 2017, adding to a stream of projects that will significantly raise the Middle East's refining capacity.

FG attracts $3bn investment to sugar industry as Ogun commissions 57th factory

Olusegun Aganga, minister of industry, trade and investment, has disclosed that the Federal Government attracted more than $3 billion to the Nigeria's sugar industry under sugarcane-to-sugar project pursued to drastically reduce huge resources spent annually on sugar imports. According to the minister, Nigeria imports 97 percent of sugar that she consumes, which he said, is (subscription reqd)

Congress ratifies Sugarcane Bill, awaits PNoy's signature

Negros Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez said that after the ratification of the House of Representatives and the Senate, President Benigno Aquino III is expected to sign it into a law.

Sugar companies seek to restructure debt

The companies are struggling to make profits in an environment where prices are skewed by policies set by the central and state governments

2014 a turning point for Idaho's struggling sugar beet industry

2014 was a step in the right direction for Idaho sugar-beet growers, with cash receipts increasing by 9 percent and rising sugar prices returning the first profit in three years.

Productive sector could benefit from renewable energy

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) Speaking at the workshop on Opportunities for Sustainable Energy Production in the Sugar Industry of Jamaica' held in Kingston on January 30,' Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Julian Robinson, said the introduction of renewable energy as part of the energy mix, will provide noticeable benefits to the productive sector and by extension the consumers of goods and services.

Sweet victory for manufacturers - Sugar Industry Authority revamps refined-sugar policy

The refined-sugar regime proposed last year by Agriculture Minister Derrick Kellier will go ahead with the Sugar Industry Authority (SIA) as sole importer, but only for the retail trade, as major manufacturers will continue to source and import their own sweetener.

Sugar industry's direction was still very clear

WHILE the power of majority determining which party will govern the state of Queensland is hanging in the balance, Canegrowers Mackay chairman Kevin Borg said the sugar industry's direction was still very clear.

UP sugar production crosses 3 mt this season

The sugar production in Uttar Pradesh has crossed 3.3 million tonnes (mt) in the 2014-15 crushing season so far, 23 per cent higher than that in the corresponding period last year.

Allan Quaid - Sugar Industry Pioneer Dies At 72

Allan D. Quaid, 72, of Queensland, Australia formerly of Clewiston, passed away January 24, 2015, in Saint Johns, Florida. Allan was a pioneer in the sugar industry, for which he worked nearly thirty years. He helped to bring the first mechanical harvesters to Florida and changed the way harvesting was done. Allan returned to his native Australia in 2008 to live his dream of farming and ranching.

International unions crack down on Fiji's sugar industry

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama is under growing pressure to overhaul laws and decrees governing Fiji's sugar industry, which the International Labour Organisation says are in breach of ratified conventions.

Milestones to overcome sugar industry millstones

Ongoing issues rocked the Australian sugar cane industry during 2014, yet its peak body asserts there will be no backward step in confronting those sizeable outside forces in 2015.

Helping hand for sugar

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart made the announcement yesterday during the monthly luncheon of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry at Hilton Barbados.

An idea to help sugar industry

TUESDAY'S DAILY NATION Back Page reported that the proposed new sugar factory is estimated at $500 million. Is this US, Trini or Bajan dollars?

Money coming for sugar farmers, says PM

BARBADOS' FINANCIALLY-TROUBLED sugar industry will soon be getting an injection of cash.

Drought knocks KZN sugar industry (subscription reqd)

KZN has been hit by a severe drought that has disrupted business and reduced yields on farms, especially in the sugar sector, and could lead to job losses.

Kenya: Cane Buying Centres to Reduce Post Harvest Losses

Farmers in western Kenya will benefit from cane buying centres where harvested sugarcane will be delivered, to stop post harvest losses.

The Magana Factor

One week ago in the House of Representatives, the Sugar Industry Amendment Act was passed into law. It allows for other growers groups to exist and do business with the factory owners.

Sugar markets faces first of 'several' sugar deficit years

The world sugar market is poised for the first of what could be "several years" of production shortfall, as the poor finances of many mills finally hits home, Green Pool said.

Rickards says political bias in selection of EU Sugar Programme projects

DUANVALE, Trelawny Chairman of the All-Island Jamaica Cane Farmers' Association Allan Rickards (AIJCFA) says a number of the projects financed by European Union (EU) money under the Sugar Transformation Unit (STU) in the Ministry of Agriculture, are politically selected for the benefit of the cane farming communities.