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KwaZulu-Natal sugar industry hard hit by drought

KWAZULU-Natal 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.

Drought closes KZN sugar mill

Durban - One of South Africa's biggest sugar producers, Illovo Sugar, will close its Umzimkulu mill for the year-long 2015 milling season starting in April.

Three major products expected from Sugarcane ACt

BACOLOD CITY, Jan. 20 (PIA6) -- The proposed Sugarcane Industry Development Act of 2014 will pave the way for the growth of two other major products from sugarcane instead of just sugar alone, said Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) president, Frank Carbon. - See more at:

Bill introduced to amend the Belize Sugar Industry Act

The Honorable the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture Mr. Gaspar Vega has introduced a Bill to parliament to amend the Belize Sugar Industry Act.

Greece: Hellenic Sugar Industry workers demonstration

Hellenic Sugar Industry employees and beet producers demonstrate in Thessaloniki on January 19, 2015 , in protest of the government's actions, which is harming sugar beet production and threatening the company's future.

A multicultural sugar industry?

Late last year emerging from an official visit to Cuba, was an announcement of the intention to engage assistance of Cuban expertise for Guyana's sugar industry. It has been previously noted that this was the second initiation of the kind in recent years.

AFC backs GAWU call for sugar industry inquiry

Noting that the livelihoods of 16,000 sugar workers are now in jeopardy, Alliance for Change (AFC) MP Moses Nagamootoo has supported a call by their union for an inquiry and stated that a forensic audit should be launched into the billions of dollars injected into the failing industry.

Queensland agriculture minister's promise to get tough on sugar mills fails to appease Canegrowers

Agriculture Minister John McVeigh may have come to Mackay with a clear message for the state's three, foreign-owned sugar milling companies, but the lack of a clear policy has failed to appease the industry's peak body, Canegrowers.

Queensland Agriculture Minister John McVeigh promises tough stance on sugar marketing dispute and Queensland Canegrowers chair Paul Schembri response

Queensland Agriculture Minister John McVeigh promises tough stance on sugar marketing dispute, but Queensland Canegrowers chair Paul Schembri says his organisation is not satisfied and wants an iron-clad guarantee

Uganda: New Sugar Project Deserves Support

After more than six years of delays and court battles, a press statement issued by State House last week said an agreement had been reached with all the stakeholders to expedite the Madhvani Group's Amuru sugar factory.

Madhvani cleared for Amuru sugar factory

Government has signed an agreement with the Lamogi community of Lamogi sub-county in Amuru district to have a sugar factory set up in the area, ending years of land disputes between the local people and the Madhvani group of companies.

Sugar Production goes up by 19%

Sugar Production has gone up by 19% (would put pressure on sugar prices); Government fixed FRP at Rs220-Rs230 per quintal (cane price to be paid to the farmers) negative read through for sugar sector

Primark's strong Christmas helps to offset ABF's sugar troubles

LONDON (Reuters) - Robust Christmas trading at Primark, the discount fashion chain owned by Associated British Foods (ABF.L), helped to make up for falls in revenue at the group's sugar business in the first quarter, which will weigh on full-year earnings.

Zinke: Sugar beet industry is economic engine

Sugar beets are the second leading source of sucrose, but Montana sugar beet products aren't solely enjoyed in sweets and confections. Sugar beets are processed into feed for our cattle, hogs and other livestock, helping support Montana's entire ag economy. I'm honored to have the opportunity to salute the top Sidney area sugar beet growers!

Leading cane farmers restate position on sugar crisis

The reports of the demise of the sugar industry in Belize and especially that of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) appear to be greatly exaggerated, in the view of at least one senior leader of the Association, although the Association was quick to distance itself today from their comments.

Pawar Bats For Sugar Industry

Mumbai : The issues bothering the sugar industries are growing worse day by day and the government needs act quickly to resolve the issues. The measures like paying export subsidy need to be taken immediately, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said

EU pledge $65 million in development assistance for Fiji

Close to $65 million has been earmarked for Fiji in funding support from the European Union for the next FIVE years to assist the government in its development needs.

GAWU calls for inquiry into sugar industry

Calling for a commission of inquiry into the sugar industry, GAWU has slammed GuySuCo over last year's disappointing performance and accused it of producing the sweetener at a whopping US$40 cents per pound, harvesting young canes during the second crop and failing to negotiate a better sales deal with Tate and Lyle.

Local sugar manufacturers to sweeten domestic market

With the scheduled abolition of the European Union (EU) quota system in 2017 fast approaching and a three-year supply deal with British refiner Tate and Lyle in its final year, Karl James, general manager of Jamaica Cane Product Sales (JCPS), the marketing arm of the Sugar Industry Authority (SIA), says the domestic market will now be the priority for local sugar manufacturers.

New sugar project deserves support

Some local leaders, including opposition MPs, have persistently resisted the project, alleging that it was a ploy by the government to grab their land. The land in question is mostly customary, which means no individual can claim bona fide ownership. Thus local leaders advised Madhvani Group and the government to engage the community. But even this did not work, until last week's announcement.

Mountains of world inventory keeping sugar in bear hug

Raw sugar on Intercontinental Exchange( ICE) in New York has seen a fall of 60 per cent from a 30-year high of 36.08 cents a pound since February 2011 as the world market remains overwhelmed by mountains of stocks in major production centres, including India and also big importing countries like China. London-based sugar advisory group C Czarnikow says in the past three seasons alone, as much as 21 million tonnes (mt) in raw sugar terms were added to world inventory. Notwithstanding unfavourable weather to impact production from Brazil to Australia during 2014-15 (October-September), the global surplus, according to International Sugar Organisation (ISO), will still be 473,000 tonnes. Czarnikow, however, thinks world production this season will be ahead of demand by 600,000 tonnes. Taking a contrary position, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says this season will be the first since 2009-10 to see a rundown in sugar inventories. USDA estimates inventory depletion of 1.41 mt. How much sugar the cane crop will yield depends on weather during the growing period and therefore, every season is marked by periodic revision of production estimates. What, however, is unlikely to undergo correction is the Czarnikow forecast of world use growing 2.1 per cent in 2014-15 to 182.5 mt.

ABF to close Chinese sugar factories but Primark revenues rise

Associated British Foods (LSE: ABF.L - news) to take hit as it shuts two Chinese factories as cost of sugar declines but its Primark clothing business continues to grow

Kenya: Mumias Continues to Soar Over Buyout Reports

The Nairobi All Share shaved off 0.03 points to close at 162.05 in thin trading (which has been a feature of trading in 2015 and is a spill-over from uncertainties around the capital gains tax implementation] of 271.552m.

Ethiopia: Wonji-Shoa Sugar Factory Boosts Production to Ease Shortage

Wonji-Shoa Sugar Factory has started producing with full capacity making 7221 quintals of sugar per day to curb shortage of the sweetener that recently gripped the nation.

Kiwis don't want sugar tax

Few Kiwis want to see sugar taxed despite most seeing it as a health vice, a survey shows. Nearly two-thirds of respondents in the Southern Cross Health Society's annual health survey believed they should consume less sugar, and 73 per cent believed it was a contributing factor to the country's obesity problems.

Taxing sugar not the answer - Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the NZ Herald reporting on an opinion survey commissioned by the Southern Cross Health Society which had 39 percent of respondents supporting a tax on sugary drinks, Taxpayers' Union Spokesman Ben Craven says:

Sugar cane planters up in arms

This year's sugar crop is set to start no later than the end of February, but those who plant the majority of the canes have not been told.

Farmers Signing With ASR/BSI

BSI has started signing contracts with cane associations and growers groups. This evening, the company sent out a public notice saying farmers representing production of more than 400,000 tons of cane have made petitions to the Sugar Industry Control Board to enter into independent agreements with BSI. And, today announcement says, quote, the process for signing agreements between BSI and these groups of farmers has now commenced. End quote. So the process which started in mid November 2014, when BSI appealed directly to farmers, is now coming to fruition two torturous months later: many, not all, farmers are signing directly with BSI.

Hellenic Sugar says will be ready to meet obligations to suppliers and employees

Hellenic Sugar Industry SA * Says is taking measures to secure funding and will be ready to meet its obligations to beet producers and employees

BULK sugar procurement earmarked for domestic sugar, will not start soon as it was announced earlier because the country has enough stocks of the product

The Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Engineer Christopher Chiza, told the Daily News' that a technical committee, comprising experts from the ministry and key stakeholders from the sugar sub sector had advised him there was enough stocks of the product for domestic use.

Fiji struggles to make sweet dreams a reality

Fiji's all important sugar industry is struggling. With the EU opening its markets in 2017, the Pacific nation stands little chance in the world market. Making the sugar sector more sustainable could be the solution.

Sugar Saga Winding Down, BSCFA Still Standing, Just Barely

Tonight, after a prolonged saga of discord, uncertainty and delays, the Sugar Industry is inching closer to a start for the 2014-2015 grinding season, but it is not without some measure of deterioration.

Maharashtra government steps in to mollify cane farmers

Stepping in to seek central aid for the ever beleaguered co-operative sugar industry, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and union minister of state for food and civil supplies Raosaheb Danve Patil will meet union finance minister Arun Jaitley.

Hamilton questions legitimacy of SIDF

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - THE legitimacy of the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) was questioned by an Opposition Parliamentarian who claimed that the law does not allow for such an organisation.

PUP chides Government over handling of cane farmers

The People's United Party (PUP) has hit out at the Government for its stance in the ongoing crisis in the sugar industry in the North, accusing it of abandoning cane farmers in favor of Belize Sugar Industries Limited (BSI) and partner American Sugar Refining Inc. (ASR).

Maharashtra govt threatens to seal godowns of sugar factories for non-payment of FRP

The BJP-Shiv Sena government in Maharashtra has decided to act tough against those sugar factories who have not paid fair and remunerative price (FRP) to cane growers yet.

Louis Dreyfus Sugar Unit Biosev Says Mills Running Under Capacity

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Maharashtra MP Held For Vandalising Sugar Commissioner's Office

Farmers' leader and Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna (SSS) MP Raju Shetty was arrested along with scores of party workers for allegedly ransacking the office of state sugar commissioner at Sahkar Sankul Complex in Shivaji Nagar area here today.

Maharashtra bitter message to sugar mills: No money to fund you

MUMBAI: Amidst plummeting sugar prices in international markets, the Maharashtra Government today expressed helplessness in monetarily assisting mill owners to pay fair and remunerative price to cane growers, saying there is not enough money to even pay salaries of its employees.

Zambia Sugar says posts African record in sugar production

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Zambia Sugar, a unit of South Africa's Illovo Sugar, said on Thursday it had posted record production of 424,024 tonnes during the milling season which ended in December.

The Betteravia sugar plant explosion of 1988

Betteravia, a company ghost town west of Santa Maria, is a rusting monument to the past.

Kenya: Wangwe Welcomes State Plans to Revive Mumias

NAVAKHOLO MP Emmanuel Wangwe yesterday welcomed plans by the government to bail out the troubled Mumias sugar company.

Ethiopia: Wonji-Shoa Sugar Factory Boosts Production to Ease Shortage

Wonji-Shoa Sugar Factory has started producing with full capacity making 7221 quintals of sugar per day to curb shortage of the sweetener that recently gripped the nation.

Focus on accident prevention, sugar mills told

Accident prevention and occupational health should be given thrust in sugar mills, said Gnanasekara Babu Rao, Director of Industrial Safety and Health.

Sugar leaders seek consultation

We do not want to embarrass the government. All we are after is just to get a fair share from the country's powers. Our future is the country's future. What we are after is that we are treated fair and square so that we can contribute to nation-building.We do not want to embarrass the government. All we are after is just to get a fair share from the country's powers. Our future is the country's future. What we are after is that we are treated fair and square so that we can contribute to nation-building.

Indian sugar industry eagerly waiting for re-introduction of export subsidy: ISMA

The Indian sugar industry is hoping that the government will soon take a decision to re-introduce the export subsidy scheme for millers and also increase the incentives to offset the decline in international prices.

Our sugar problem

After my failed request to PSMA, federal government of Pakistan, Ishaq Dar and judiciary of Pakistan, I would now like to request the PTI government and Pakistan Army to please look into this matter and stop this monopoly of sugar industry in Pakistan.

Sugar industry outlines key Queensland election priorities

Legislative intervention in the bitter stoush over Queensland sugar marketing leads the election wish list from rural lobby group Canegrowers.

Illegal sugar importation scares TAWNET

Tanzania Tax Writers Network (TAWNET) has urged the government to speed up the investigation process against business men who illegally import sugar.

Tongaat projects lower Zim sugar output

HARARE - South Africa's Tongaat Hulett (Tongaat) says its Zimbabwe sugar production is likely to decline to 475 000 tonnes this year from 488 000 tonnes in 2014 due to an increase in cane demand.

Mardan Sugar Mills to provide interest-free loans

Premier Sugar Mills Mardan arranged a gathering to create awareness among the local farmers to increase their sugarcane production at the Mardan Press Club the other day.

Guyanese president visit Valsad sugar factory

SURAT : President of Guyana Donald Rabindranauth Ramotar, who is on the six-day visit to India to attend the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), paid a visit to Valsad district on Friday.

Zambia Sugar says posts African record in sugar production

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Zambia Sugar, a unit of South Africa's Illovo Sugar, said on Thursday it had posted record production of 424,024 tonnes during the milling season which ended in December.

Queensland sugar marketer appoints new chairman amid turbulence in sugar marketing

Queensland cane growers say sugar marketer QSL's appointment of a new chairman adds an extra layer of uncertainty to already uncertain times.

Praj Ind secures order from Uganda's Kakira Sugar

Praj Industries on Wednesday said it has secured an order from Uganda's Kakira Sugar to build an ethanol plant with a capacity of 60,000 litres a day. In a filing to the BSE, the company said the plant will produce ethanol and premium grade extra neutral alcohol (beverage alcohol). It, however, did not disclose the value of the order. Praj will provide key technologies for fermentation, distillation and waste-water treatment, it said. The plant will use captive power for about 50-60 per cent of its electricity requirement and the effluents generated by the plant will be converted into bio-compost, it added. Shares of Praj Industries gained 2.6 per cent at ₹60.35 on the NSE.

Cane Country Cash Blues

Tonight, the sugar industry still has a cloud of uncertainty hanging over it. The cane farmers rejected the latest commercial agreement with BSI, and they're going to court to compel the Sugar Industries Control Board to declare the season open and force BSI/ASR to accept cane.

Prasad calls for Parliamentary Committee on Sugar

Opposition MP Professor Biman Prasad is calling on the government to institute a Parliamentary Committee on Sugar to ensure the sector's viability. - See more at:

Inside the Sugar Industry! Retired CEO Doug Lapins Shares Business Principles That Took Him to the Top in New Book

PINEHURST, N.C. /eNewsChannels/ NEWS: High-fructose corn syrup, a changing sugar industry, and practical leadership methods weave an absorbing tale of business, family, social responsibility, and commitment in this important business memoir written by Doug Lapins. SWEET SUCCESS: A Journey of Change and Challenge (ISBN 978-0-9905995-0-0; paper; Foursome Press) chronicles the changes, challenges, and guiding principles of a thirty year stellar corporate career.

Late start to sugar crop year

Despite a late start to the 2014-2015 sugar crop season due to heavy rains, leading players in the sector are confident that local manufacturers can match or surpass the 153,000 tons produced last year.

Late start to sugar crop year

Despite a late start to the 2014-2015 sugar crop season due to heavy rains, leading players in the sector are confident that local manufacturers can match or surpass the 153,000 tons produced last year.

2015 promises positives for sugar sector

The Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP) launched early 2014 by President Goodluck Jonathan highlighted the sugar sector as one of its primary areas of focus in bringing to the fore the competitiveness of Nigeria's natural resources especially in the agricultural sector which constitutes the bulk of raw materials for industries.

Several toxic provisions in sugarcane act: Chan

While the proposed Sugarcane Industry Development Act of 2014 is by and large helpful to the industry, there are several toxic provisions in it that will hurt the farmers and the industry unless removed, sugar planter Stephen Chan warned yesterday.

B.S.C.F.A. to Support Order of Mandamus

The only thing for certain in the sugar industry is that it is back to square one and tonight, the industry finds itself at rock bottom. While there is urgent need to start the sugar crop, it is still not known when the Tower Hill mill will begin to grind. Here is why. On Sunday, in San Roman Village, a vast majority of the membership of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association voted against the signing of a proposed agreement drafted by ASR/B.S.I. The near-unanimous rejection of the offer has forced both parties back to the table where they will once again attempt to prepare an agreement that is mutually beneficial. But it is not known when there will have a sit down. Prior to the special general meeting, the likelihood of an injunction being filed to prevent the signing of the agreement, had it not satisfied several requests being made by former B.S.C.F.A. secretary, Lucilo Teck, loomed over the discussions. While the injunction application has since been withdrawn, a writ of mandamus is to be heard on Friday to compel the Sugar Industry Control Board to set a date for the start of the sugar crop. The thinking is that the SICB has the power to set the date for the start of the crop. But this position has already been rejected by the government. So while that hangs in the balance, this morning, News Five spoke with erstwhile vice-chairman Alfredo Ortega who says that the organization is regrouping and is joining forces with Teck in seeking an order from the Supreme Court.

The bleak future of Kenya's sugar industry

Kenya's sugar industry is under threat as the country's final extension of sugar import safeguards comes to an end.

Mills in Sindh stop sugar production

KARACHI: Around 30 mills in Sindh on Tuesday abruptly stopped sugar production to press their demand for a cut in current sugarcane support price, or get a subsidy on their production costs, industry officials said.

ED&F executive takes reins at Mexican sugar mill

Grupo Saenz has installed a top executive from its shareholder ED&F Man, as the London-based sugar trader seeks to revamp one of Mexico's largest sugar mills amid weak prices and concerns about demand.

Kenya: Locals Scramble for Free Food

Staff of a sugar company distributing food at Mwauga fled when residents started fighting over supplies.

Sugar output rises by 27.3per cent in Oct-Dec period, says ISMA

The country's sugar production increased by 27.3 per cent to 7.46 million tonnes in the first three months of the current 2014-15 season, but continuous fall in prices is a cause of concern for millers, industry body ISMA said on Monday.

No More Leak On Refined Sugar: Business Players

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Massive leak of refined sugar leaves government sour - See more at:

A large amount of refined sugar leaked into the end-consumer market last year, a mishap that has resulted in price distortion in Southeast Asia's largest consumer of sugar. - See more at:

Sugar industry players welcome new SIA boss

While praising the contribution of outgoing Sugar Industry Authority (SIA) boss, Ambassador Derrick Heaven, local industry experts are expressing optimism that new chief executive officer (CEO) George Callaghan will be a success during his tenure.

Regression in Sugar Negotiations, B.S.C.F.A. Rejects B.S.I.'s Proposal

Turning to another major issueThe sugar cane crop season and the sugar industry are in serious jeopardy; in fact, the situation has regressed. At an emergency meeting of cane-farmers on Sunday, a majority rejected the proposed agreement between ASR/B.S.I. and the B.S.C.F.A., which means that for all intents and purposes, negotiations have broken down completely. Approximately fifteen hundred farmers were in San Roman, and an overwhelming majority voted against the agreement, hammered out after government intervention. The meeting was intense and discussions were fiery, but in the end the sentiment was clear. Mike Rudon was in San Roman and has the story.

Cuban action won't impact La. cane

Sugar cane farmers in the United States should have nothing to worry about as the nation tries to repair its trade relationship with Cuba, according to local industry officials.

Cane growers go unpaid by sugar mills in Karnataka

Bengaluru, January 2: Karnataka sugar millers are in a bind: falling prices because of rising production make it difficult for them to sell the commodity, resulting in payments to cane growers being withheld.

Sugar mills are likely to stay crushed in 2015, too

Falling global sugar prices are a big overhang and, to make matters worse, ample domestic output has kept domestic prices under pressure

Special general meeting could decide way forward in sugar industry

Having received their primary demand a meeting of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA)'s full membership for this Sunday, January 4 attorney for farmer Lucilo Teck and Association executive Javier Keme, Audrey Matura Shepherd, awaits the result of the meeting.

A big loss

ONE of the leading figures behind the reforms of the sugar industry has passed away.

Dar extends more benefits to Sindh-based sugar mills

Economic Co-ordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet headed by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has reportedly extended more financial benefits to Sindh-based sugar mills as opposed to other provinces with a sugarcane price difference of Rs 27 per 40 kg, well informed sources in Ministry of Industries and Production told Business Recorder.

Guyana Receives $7.5 Million Loan to Improve Sugar Sector

The government of Guyana is receiving a $7.5 million loan from the Caribbean Development Bank to improve the country's sugar sector.

International sugar market facing headwinds

Strong headwinds look set to impact the sugar industry, with abundant global sugar stocks continuing to weigh on world market prices.

Expectations of lower sugar imports amid start of sugar cane harvest

The sugar factory in Kom Ombo Aswan began receiving the 2015 sugar cane crops last week. Meanwhile, the remaining factories belonging to the Sugar and Integrated Industries Company (SIIC) in Edfu, Qoos, Armant, Deshna, Gerga, Nagaa Hamady, Abo Qorqas and Hawamdeya are expected to begin importing crops sequentially during January.

Sugar factories not charitable institutions: Minister

Excise minister Satish Jarkiholi said on Saturday that sugar factories are not charitable institutions when it comes to providing farmers the remuneration of Rs 2,500 per tonne of sugar cane.

Bitter tidings for sugar industry workers

Hellenic Sugar Industry workers were chagrined to discover that the firm, currently in resolution, has stopped paying their salaries following an administrative decision.

BIR to impose 1pct withholding tax on raw sugar

MANILA - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will impose a one percent creditable withholding tax on income payments on locally produced raw sugar.

Sugar buyers' slam NAFTA sugar pact, shift focus to Australia, Canada

Dec 22 (Reuters) - A U.S. sugar buyers' group has slammed a U.S.-Mexican government pact announced late on Friday, saying the deal has increased the importance of broadening access to the domestic market through other trade agreements and the need for greater reform of a government sugar support program.

Sugar mills scam: Medha Patkar for SIT probe

Demanding a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe into the alleged multi-thousand crore scam in the sale of co-operative sugar mills in Maharashtra to private companies, social activist Medha Patkar has charged that political bigwigs were involved in it.

Minn-Dak annual meeting shows lower beet payments

December has been a busy month for Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative in Wahpeton with their annual meeting and its CEO going to Washington, D.C., to discuss negotiations with the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Sugar muddle

The Pakistan Sugar Mills Association is trying to convince the government to reduce the support price of sugarcane, increase the price of sugar, ban its import and allow the export of locally-produced sugar at low rates, besides calling for some additional incentives for manufacturers. This amounts to fleecing the growers and hoodwinking the government. The PSMA demand for reducing the support price of sugarcane is based on the claim that sugar mills are not earning any profit. It also claims that the sugar industry can convert only 8.5 percent of sugarcane into sugar. But the industry standard is 13.5 percent. This means that sugar mills are declaring 37 percent less production. This way the industry is stealing money from the growers.

Things Still Not Sweet in Sugarland

On Monday we told you that the impasse in the sugar industry was at an end - both sides had agreed to the Prime Minister's compromise package and it was only left to sign the final agreement to make it official. But the devil is in the details and all this week, that agreement has been in the shaping. The Chairman of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association was supposed to sign it today - but at the last minute the Association's proofreaders saw one item in there which they felt both sides had agreed to leave out. No one seems quite sure whether this inclusion was intentional, accidental or a genuine misunderstanding - but the cane farmers sent it back to BSI for excision. We understand that the offending clause has been excised, but now the signing has been put back to Friday.

Kenya: Mumias Sugar in Steam Tests

KAKAMEGA Mumias Sugar Company on Wednesday started steam-testing to ensure repairs done during maintenance are fit for the miller to resume full operations.

Only firms developing sugar mills to be issued import permits

Bangkok (ANTARA News) - The government will issue sugar import permits only to companies developing sugar mills with the aim to meet domestic need, Trade Minister Rachmat Gobel said.

DP World and Al Khaleej Sugar celebrate the world's largest sugar carrier to call at Jebel Ali Port

Al Khaleej Sugar has celebrated the arrival of MV UBC OTTAWA , the world's largest sugar carrying vessel to call at DP World's flagship Jebel Ali Port. Arriving from Sao Paolo port in Brazil, 106,000 tonnes of sugar was discharged in Dubai during the whole last week. Sailing since 2011, the 260 meters length vessel has a load capacity of 118,625 tonnes.

Baghlan Sugar Factory Kicks Off Its Production

Sunday, December 21, 2014 Kabul (BNA) PUL-E-KHUMRI: Baghlan sugar factory has started producing sugar after collecting program of sugar beet ended in the province. Head of the factory Ghulam Sakhi told BNA, 4718 tons beet have been collected from 784 hectare agricultural fields and taken to Baghlan sugar factory for producing sugar, adding by ending collecting program of sugar beet the factory has started producing sugar and it is determined 500 tons sugar will be produced. Head of the factory considered that key and basic problem in reduction of sugar beet fields was the preference of farmers in cultivation of onions and tomatoes in their fields. Besides, transport facilitation of other products as watermelon and melon through Salang valley to Kabul has caused that farmers had preferred to grow melons on their fields rather than beet. Head of factory said that the only solution of the current problems was to set up cooperatives for those farmers growing sugar beet on their fields. It is worth mentioning that Baghlan sugar factory is the only factory producing sugar in Afghanistan. The factory produced up to 9000 tons sugar in the past, while it is predicted to produce now 500 tons sugar.

Govt lost almost 377bn/- in revenues in sugar industry

A recent study has established that the sugar sub-sector has registered a general loss of between 183bn/- and 377bn/- over the past 10 years, from 2002 to 2012.

Sugar sector faces big test as MPs fail to debate sale of millers

Kenya: The sugar industry is hanging on a thread after Parliament failed to pass a motion meant to pave way for privatisation of five sugar companies.

Sugar industry told to diversify

KENYAN sugar producers needed to slash costs and diversify into products like ethanol to make the industry more competitive before import safeguards were removed next year, agriculture principal secretary Sicily Kariuki said yesterday. In February, Kenya was given a one-year extension to fully open up the sugar trade to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa). Kenya enforces a quota on the amount of sugar that can be imported duty free from Comesa nations to protect its farmers whose production cost of at least $570 (R6 600) a ton is more than twice as much as Egypt. Kenya wanted the industry to move away from being a traditional high-cost, single-commodity supplier to a competitive, multiproduct industry that is self-sufficient, Kariuki said. Bloomberg

St. Kitts and Nevis a leader in development strategy formulation and implementation

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, December 15th 2014 (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis' Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas says closure of the 350-year-old sugar industry in St. Kitts in 2005, has resulted in the Federation becoming a leader in the regional and international community in development strategy formulation and implementation.

Nigeria: Flour Mills Contends With High Financial Charges

Analysts' review Reviewing the six months results of FMN, analysts at Dunn Loren Merrifield (DLM), said the revenue of the company was impacted by slower than expected contribution from other businesses, especially its sugar business, growing competition and the security challenges in the north-eastern part of the country, which they said weighed on its packaging business.

Still no resolution of the impasse in the sugar industry

ORANGE WALK BUREAU Reporting: Negotiations have been resumed as it pertains to the current impasse between Belize Sugar Industries/ASR and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association.

BSI and BSCFA at the Negotiating Table

After a long period of hostilities from afar, A.S.R./B.S.I. and the B.S.C.F.A. are back at the negotiating table. Along with representatives of the Sugar Industry Control Board, both parties met in Orange Walk today in an attempt to mend fences and start the crop. The meeting in itself was progress of sorts, but the truth is that there is not much else to report. Neither side is divulging details on the discussions until they have had a chance to go back to their individual corners and consult their principals. So with that said, will there be a sugar cane crop season 2014 2015? And will it start next week Monday as intended? Mike Rudon was in Orange Walk today to find out, and he has the story.

Sugar miller moves to boost production at its Queensland mills

Australia's third largest sugar miller has wasted no time signalling its intentions about its future in the sugar industry, with plans to boost processing at its mills in all corners of Queensland.

AgCenter: Burning to remove cane trash saves growers millions

Sugar cane is one of Louisiana's most valuable agricultural commodities, contributing about $771 million to the economy in 2013. However, the state's sugar industry would be about $120 million less profitable without the use of one age-old tool fire according to LSU AgCenter researchers.

Taxing sugar, not alcohol, will lead to a healthier way of life

IN MID-NOVEMBER the Treasury hosted a workshop aimed at engaging with stakeholders on the subject of alcohol excise. It included speakers from the World Health Organisation, academia and representatives from the liquor industry.

South Africa's Illovo Sugar H1 earnings fall 10 pct

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Illovo Sugar reported a 10 percent decline in first-half earnings on Monday due to lower sugar production and depressed global prices.

Nigeria seen on track for sugar self-sufficiency

LONDON (Reuters) - Nigeria is on track to achieve sugar self-sufficiency in about 10 years' time, which will enable Africa's most populous country to sharply reduce imports of predominantly Brazilian raw sugar.

Zimbabwe: Villagers Target Tongaat Hulett

The ZANU-PF leadership here has unanimously recommended the acquisition of 29 000 hectares of sugar cane plantations under the control of sugar producer Tongaat Hulett in the Lowveld to resettle thousands of landless people.