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Gov't secures $35m for Komenda sugar factory

The Ministry of Trade and Industry has secured a $35-million Indian Exim Bank facility to establish a new sugar factory at Komenda.

Komenda Sugar Factory Gets Funding

Determined to fulfillment its promise to the people to create industries that will expand job opportunities the Ministry of Trade and Industry has secured a US$35 million Indian Exim Bank facility to establish a new sugar factory at Komenda.

U.S. Senator Al Franken discusses slowing sugar production

U.S. Senator Al Franken was in East Grand Forks Tuesday to address an issue that could impact thousands of Minnesota and North Dakota sugar jobs.

Mauritius: Sugar industry undergoes reforms

Mauritius on Thursday completed the centralization of its sugar industry under which four big factories will produce the island's entire 400,000 tons of sugar annually to improve competitiveness in the long term.

Sierra Leone: President Koroma Visits Addax Bioenergy

President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma over the weekend made a conducted tour to the Addax Bioenergy site, a few miles from the township of Makeni.

Sugar is now enemy number one in the western diet

In 2012, the United Nations World Health Assembly advocated a significant new health goal: to reduce avoidable deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and respiratory disease kill 35 million per year. The UN has identified tobacco, alcohol and poor diet as central risk factors. The first two have been regulated by governments in order to protect public health, but poor diet is actually responsible for more disease than smoking, alcohol and physical inactivity combined.

Cyclone Ita's damage to far north Queensland sugar cane to cost millions

Sugar cane growers in far north Queensland say about 90 per cent of crops in the region have been wiped out by now ex-Tropical Cyclone Ita.

Sugar industry set to join the global economy as Malaysian Kuok family grapple for control

QUEENSLAND'S $2 billion sugar industry has not only been hit by a cyclone it's about to split down the middle as conservative farmers weigh up the option of joining the global economy.

Sugar group to give scholarships

BACOLOD CITY -- The Sugar Industry Foundation, Inc. (SIFI) has expanded its scholarship program to include vocational and technical courses for sugar farm workers to improve productivity and prepare for regional economic integration next year.

Mauritius: Sugar industry undergoes reforms

Mauritius on Thursday completed the centralization of its sugar industry under which four big factories will produce the island's entire 400,000 tons of sugar annually to improve competitiveness in the long term.

Sugazym increases yield and quality in sugar production

The enzyme designer SternEnzym has developed new multi-enzyme complexes for the sugar industry. The processing aids were developed specially for the production of granulated and raw sugar from beet and cane. With dextranase and amylase, Sugazym is claimed to facilitate the processing of raw materials containing starch and dextrans, increases the sugar yield and optimises the quality of the sugar crystals. Better clarification of the juice and a longer service life of the filters are said to enable manufacturers to reduce the production costs significantly.

Sugar mills cause loss of Rs30 billion to exchequer

LAHORE: The steel melting units installed by sugar mills in Punjab have caused an over Rs3 billion loss to the national exchequer through tax evasion since their inception.

Kenya to privatize five sugar mills

Kenya plans to sell a 51% stake in five sugar millers to investors soon in a bid to make the sugar industry competitive, according to a top government official.

Wilmar Forms Myanmar Sugar Venture to Expand Push Into Sweetener

Wilmar International Ltd. (WIL), the largest sugar cane miller in Australia, agreed to form a Myanmar venture with a local partner as it builds on a four-year push into sugar production in Asia.

Sugar to help redesign food crops

New science is fuelling the idea that changing the architecture of tree crops can boost fruit yield.

Sugar factories took over by the Sri Lankan government make over Rs. 1.4 billion in profits

The two sugar factories expropriated by the Sri Lankan government three years ago have made nearly Rs. 1.5 billion rupees in profit.

EU to become net sugar exporter after quotas end in 2017

The European Union will become a net sugar exporter after output quotas are ended in 2017 but volumes will depend on EU and world prices, freight and exchange rates and competition from cereal-based sweeteners, delegates at a conference said.

Five Kenyan Sugar Millers Up For Grabs In Privatization Plan

Kenya plans to sell a 51 per cent stake in five sugar millers to strategic investors starting this month as it looks to complete reforms aimed at making its sugar industry competitive, a top official said on Friday.

Trade deal benefits fail to crystallise for sugar

The Australian sugar industry has described the Japanese trade agreement as a 'bitter pill' to swallow.

Lack of clarity on raw sugar exports vexes mill owners

PUNE: There has been no word on raw sugar export subsidy for April and May which should have been announced about a week ago. The subsidy of Rs 3,300 per tonne was announced for February and March and had to be revised every two months, based on the prevailing exchange rate of the rupee.

Sugar industry faces market shake-up

The Federal and Queensland governments are being urged to take action to protect the interests of the nation's cane growers.

$1.8 Billion Boost for Sugar Transformation Project

An additional $1.8 billion is being provided by the Government, this year, to continue implementation of the Sugar Transformation Project. This allocation is contained in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before the House of Representatives.

Scores of sugar workers dismissed

Almost 60 workers of the closed Andrews Sugar Factory have been made redundant.

Nigeria's Booming Sugar Industry Focuses on Investment, Local Farmers

Key stakeholders in Nigeria's sugar industry are said to be ramping up investment to the tune of $2.6 billion following a significant increase in demand.

Biofuel from cane reliant on subsidy'

Johannesburg - The Local sugar industry would need to be highly subsidised to kick-start the production of fuel grade ethanol, the SA Sugar Association (Sasa) said last week.

Sudan: President Al-Bashir Meets With China's Special Envoy

Khartoum The Chinese special envoy for Africa, Zhong Jianhua, held talks on Monday with Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir in Khartoum that tackled bilateral relations and regional issues.

Farmer revives black sugar industry

The tradition of Taiwanese handmade black sugar is dying out, but one farmer in Greater Tainan wants to turn the trend around by focusing on this healthy sweet alternative

Settlement of sugar wage dispute likely Thursday

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Improvements in the employers' offers on several items included in the wage claims submitted by the trade unions on behalf of sugar industry workers, have raised hopes of a settlement by week-end.

Investors to pump $2.6bn into Nigeria's sugar industry

Nigeria's sugar industry is recording huge growth following the decision of four key players to pump $2.570 billion into the industry.

Sugar producers file petitions against Mexico

The American Sugar Coalition, which includes the Louisiana-based American Sugar Cane League, filed petitions Friday asking the U.S. Government to correct the Mexican subsidized sugar dumping problem, according to a prepared statement.

Machines way forward

SUGAR Cane Growers Council CEO Sundresh Chetty says funding is an important factor in the mechanisation process of the sugar industry.

Mauritius sugar producer Terra Mauricia 2013 profit falls 29 pct

Terra Mauricia, a leading Mauritian sugar producer, on Wednesday posted a 29.3 percent fall in full-year pretax profit on poor performance by its sugar and electricity units.

Sugar industry group to cushion Afta effects

SUGAR Industry Foundation Inc. (SIFI) president Edith Villanueva revealed Tuesday their plans to cushion the effect of the implementation of the Asian free Trade Agreement (Afta) to the sugar industry.

Commentary: Pulling the curtain back on Big Sugar'

While industries like oil and gas and health care are regularly given media scrutiny, perhaps the most under-examined business in the United States is Big Sugar. That might change thanks to a lawsuit underway in a federal court in Los Angeles.

Higher production levels in GuySuCo would lend to a proportional decline in employment costs

Professor Clive Thomas in his column titled GuySuCo's under-performance: The explosion of costs' published in the March 16, 2014 Sunday Stabroek, among other things, spoke to the high employment costs in the sugar industry.

P24M sugar fund eyed

The Sugar Industry Foundation, Incorporated, is expecting a budget increase of at least P24 million through the Social Amelioration Program that will benefit the sugar workers in the country.

Focus is on Thummapala Sugar Factory Reopening

Located in Visakhapatnam district, Anakapalle parliamentary constituency is considered one of the important urban centres in Andhra Pradesh. But surprisingly, most parts of the constituency are rural villages. The constituency is known for its jaggery market and its economy is highly dependent on agriculture and industries.

NAIC settles flood claims of sugar firm

THE Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation, NAIC, has paid about N80 million claims to the Savannah Sugar Company Numan, following the recent crop losses and sequel to the fire outbreak and floods that ravaged a total of 458 hectares of cultivated farmland owned by the company. - See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/03/naic-settles-flood-claims-sugar-firm/#sthash.pbf8foyn.dpuf

Sudan: China to Provide New Loans to Sudan - Official

Khartoum The Sudanese ministry of finance of Sudan signed a number of agreements China in the fields of launching new oil exploration efforts, development projects in addition to the approval of additional loans, an official here said today.

India should stop exporting sugar: HSBC survey

New Delhi: India should stop exporting sugar as in the long term, production is likely to match domestic demand and its output cost is already higher compared to other countries, an HSBC survey has said.

Sugar output down 8.5% till March 15

The country's sugar production has declined by 8.5% to 19.38 mt till March 15 of the current marketing year due to lower output in key producing states, according to industry body ISMA.

Al-Mardi Calls for Adopting Clear Policies on Sugar Industry in Sudan

Khartoum -- Local sugar distribution operation has been affected by the lack of clear policies on sugar industry in Sudan, Mohamed Al-Mardi, the Manager of Kenana Sugar Company, has said. Speaking to the press yesterday, Al-Mardi said that entry of huge amounts of imported sugar into the country has flooded the market with this commodity. He called for clear policies and suitable supportive mechanisms for distributing sugar. He added that the government has contributed to stabilizing production at Kenana over the past 30 years and that efforts are underway to remove obstacles facing the performance of the company; besides necessary measures by the company to carry out projects in the White Nile to produce half a million tons of sugar.

Sugar has not passed its point of no return

Even after GuySuCo's worst showing in over two decades, I cannot subscribe to the opinion that sugar has passed its point of no return as argued quite skilfully by Professor Clive Thomas. The sugar industry reached an important bottom in 2013 but that bottom could be a false bottom proving Thomas correct. But I am intimately aware of the talent in the sugar belt and I know with some serious managerial and policy changes in 2014, we could make the right turn for the better. I was heartened that GuySuCo was able to produce some 18,000 tonnes of sugar over the last two weeks and that is the kind of performance that can easily roll out production levels of 225,000 tonnes in 2014, which are critically needed to stabilize the cash flow situation in the industry.

Something has to be done quickly in relation to the sugar industry

There has been a lot of confusion and misrepresentation regarding remarks made at an APNU press briefing on Tuesday, March 11.

Raizen expects up to 10 pct loss in Brazil sugar cane crop

SAO PAULO, March 19 (Reuters) - Brazil's 2014/15 sugar cane crop that has started early crushing in the south will suffer losses on average of 5 percent to 10 percent from recent dry weather this year, the Chief Financial Officer of Raizen, Pedro Mizutani, said on local TV.

Nyanza MPs Oppose Sugar Imports

Two legislators from Nyanza have accused the government of allegedly attempting to kill sugar industry in the region.

Khon Kaen Sugar Industry

KSL posted a 1Q14 (Nov 2013-Jan 2014) net profit of Bt427m, up by 321% QoQ and 10% YoY. The result was 38% above our estimate and 20% clear of the consensus, due to higher-than-expected ethanol prices and sales volumes and lower-than-modeled tax expenses.

Sugar output down 8.5% till Mar 15 of this year: ISMA

The country's sugar production has declined by 8.5 percent to 19.38 million tonnes till March 15 of the current marketing year due to lower output in key producing states, said industry body ISMA.

Work on Komenda sugar factory to commence in June

Work on the defunct sugar factory in the Komenda-Edina- Eguafo-Abrem Municipality (KEEA) of the Central Region is now set to begin in June this year.

Fresh $3 billion investment to boost Nigerian sugar market

Additional N3 billion injected into the Nigerian sugar industry will yield positive returns and become another success story, BusinessDay has learnt.

GAWU urges gov't: Give sugar industry all $31.5b EU funding

The union GAWU yesterday called again on the government to give the troubled sugar industry all of the estimated $31.5b which the European Union (EU) has disbursed to Guyana since 2007 to offset the impact of sweeping reforms to the EU sugar regime.

Nanning Sugar turned profitable in 2013, sees profit margin squeezed by falling sugar prices

Says 2013 net profit at 49.4 million yuan ($8.04 million)versus net loss of 310.3 million yuan previous year

Philippines - End of ASEAN tariffs a challenge says sugar industry president

When the ASEAN Economic Community comes into effect in 2015, there are concerns the domestic sugar market in Philippines could be hit hard. In 2010 the Philippines signed an agreement promising to steadily reduce tariffs on sugar imports, from 38% in 2011 to 5% in 2015.

Germany's Nordzucker plans sugar factory in Zambia

Germany's second-largest sugar producer Nordzucker plans to build a sugar factory and the accompanying infrastructure in Zambia at a cost of about US$300 milllion (215m).

Fresh $3 billion investment to boost Nigerian sugar market

Additional N3 billion injected into the Nigerian sugar industry will yield positive returns and become another success story, BusinessDay has learnt.

APNU, AFC denying calling for closure of sugar industry

APNU and the AFC yesterday denied calling for the closure of the sugar industry and flayed the government for what they said were years of failed policies, mismanagement and questionable deals which culminated in disastrous production and a `white elephant' Skeldon factory.

Guyana optimistic it will make its 2014 sugar target

GEORGETOWN Guyana, Thursday March 13, 2014, CMC The Guyana government says the sugar industry remains viable despite many challenges facing the sector that employs an estimated 20,000 people

Nanning Sugar turned profitable in 2013, sees profit margin squeezed by falling sugar prices

Says 2013 net profit at 49.4 million yuan ($8.04 million)versus net loss of 310.3 million yuan previous year

D-day for sugar talks

TODAY is expected to be decision day for the stakeholders in the sugar industry who are still locked in a dispute over pay and fringe benefits which is holding up agreement on a new contract.

Nigeria: Dangote Refinery to Create More Jobs Via Backward Integration - Clark

The Managing Director of Dangote Sugar Refinery (DSR) Plc, Mr. Graham Clark, has said that its company will stimulate rural economy of Nigeria through backward integration programme and create many jobs.

Sugar factory for Komenda

Work on the construction of a sugar factory at Komenda in the Central Region is expected to begin by the end of this year.

Beleaguered Skeldon sugar factory should switch to ethanol, aquaculture Vieira

The Guyana Sugar Cor-poration needs to cut its losses and diversify the industry by getting into ethanol production, according to industry expert and member of APNU, Tony Vieira. Vieira, a former PNCR-1G MP, yesterday proposed that GuySuCo seriously consider ethanol production at the Skeldon factory citing the low quality canes, amateurish mechanization and poor field conversion among other issues surrounding dismal sugar production over the last few years. He said that instead, GuySuCo could begin ethanol production with the ultimate goal of getting into aquaculture farming.

Sugar: Propaganda and spin as the production debacle continues

Last week's column introduced six performance indicators for the sugar industry, which I will examine in coming weeks: production, costs, profitability, land productivity, factory productivity, and combined (land and factory) productivity, in that order. Today I will complete the first of these, which was started last week by considering estates and farmers production.

State officials blamed for ailing sugar sector

Migori, Kenya: Five Nyanza leaders now claim there is a deliberate move by the Government to kill the ailing sugar industry in the region

Problematic surplus sugar

Sugar is one of the essential items whose export needs to be regulated to keep the prices of the commodity stable for the domestic consumers. It is in this context that the sugar millowners' demand for more exports was rejected by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet last month.

This is your brain on religion and sugar: Study finds Alabama ranks 50th in brain health

An educational project called Beautiful Minds released America's Brain Health Index showing Alabama ranks 50th of 51 for brain health. The project evaluated the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia based on 21 factors, including diet and nutrition, physical health, mental health and social well-being. Alabama's low ranking was based on factors such as its high incidence of smoking and diabetes, according to a press release from Beautiful Minds. Alabama's strengths include high levels of religious or spiritual activities and adequate amounts of sleep.

Sugar Tax

Asked whether the PM wanted to introduce a tax on sugar to curb obesity, the PMS said the government was working with industry to reduce salt, artificial fats and calories in foods

50M investment by British Sugar in UK plants

British Sugar is investing 50M in its four existing UK sugar beet factories this year, a spokeswoman for the Associated British Foods (ABF) subsidiary has confirmed.

Sucre: Delta Sugar Co investira 28 millions de dollars dans son usine d'Al Hamoul

Le site internet Mubasher.info nous apprend que la socit gyptienne Delta Sugar Co. injectera 200 millions de livres gyptiennes (28 millions $) dans la rhabilitation des deux principales units de production de son usine d'Al Hamoul. Grce cet investissement, la socit pourra booster sa production de sucre qui passera de 15 000 17 500 tonnes par jour.

Ethiopia plans to double sugar output

ADDIS ABABA Sugar has not been long present on Ethiopian tables. In fact, producers say that sugar production and consumption is only 60 years old in the African country but they also believe their country has the potential to become one of the continent`s major producers of cane and sugar.

Kenya: Sugar Mills Sale Rejected

Three MPs have criticised the government over plans to sell sugar mills to foreign investors. Jakoyo Midiwo (Gem), Julius Meli (Tinderet) and Onyango Koyoo (Muhoroni) said selling the companies will negatively affect sugarcane growers.

Ghana: More State Enterprises for Politicians to Plunder?

According to reports, over 400 state enterprises established mostly during the First Republic have been run down and sold to politicians and their friends/agents for a pittance.

Strengthening the country's sugarcane industry

The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) is pushing for the immediate passage of a Senate bill that will benefit all sugarcane producers, farmers, and workers. According to the SRA during the Senate Committee on Agriculture hearing on the bills strengthening the sugarcane industry, the sugarcane bill seeks to provide the enabling environment to make sugarcane and sugar production viable, competitive, and, as much as possible, diversified, despite the reduction of its ASEAN tariff to 5 percent in less than a year.

Sugar: Propaganda and spin as the production debacle continues

Last week's column introduced six performance indicators for the sugar industry, which I will examine in coming weeks: production, costs, profitability, land productivity, factory productivity, and combined (land and factory) productivity, in that order. Today I will complete the first of these, which was started last week by considering estates and farmers production.

Sugar factory for Komenda

Work on the construction of a sugar factory at Komenda in the Central Region is expected to begin by the end of this year.

We must wind back the harms of too much sugar

As a Telegraph analysis reveals the sugar levels in food and drink , one leading campaigner from the Action on Sugar group says people need protection from the food industry

Khon Kaen Sugar Industry

We expect a sugar price recovery to clearly start manifesting by about mid-year, driven by an improved demand-supply balance in tandem with lower Brazilian output. We are now less optimistic about KSL's FY13/14 sugar businessit is likely to post a weaker performance than previously envisaged, as we now expect the Cambodia and Laos operations to post deeper losses instead of breaking even. Diminished expectations for the sugar business may cap the share price in the near-term.

PH sugar industry to survive, says exec

BACOLOD, PhilippinesWe are not afraid of 2015, we are confident that the Philippine sugar industry will survive, Francisco Varua, president of Philippine Sugar Millers Association and Philippine Sugar Research Institute (Philsurin), said on Monday.

Commentary: Pulling the curtain back on Big Sugar'

While industries like oil and gas and health care are regularly given media scrutiny, perhaps the most under-examined business in the United States is Big Sugar. That might change thanks to a lawsuit underway in a federal court in Los Angeles.

Cuban sugar harvest falters

HAVANA For the third consecutive year Cuba's reorganized sugar industry is failing to perform up to expectations, increasing pressure on the government to open up the once proud sector to foreign investment. - See more at: http://www.agweek.com/event/article/id/22833/#sthash.LUfdqQMH.dpuf

A tax on sugar would punish the poor for the 'sin' of enjoying the odd Mars bar

Remember that 1990 movie Crazy People, in which Dudley Moore and a bunch of mental patients take over an advertising firm? (Ah, the days before political correctness!) The lunatic asylum inhabited by Moore and his mates starts churning out brutally honest, sometimes bawdy adverts, free of the euphemisms and exaggerations PR men normally use to hawk their wares and campaigns. Their slogan for a Greek travel agency, for example, is: "Forget Paris. The French can be annoying. Come to Greece. We're nicer." Who could argue with that?

Sugar plan gives Australia a wake-up call

The average Australian would need to halve his or her sugar intake to comply with a new World Health Organisation proposal.

WHO: Only 5% of calories should be from sugar

LONDON (AP) Just try sugar-coating this: The World Health Organization says your daily sugar intake should be just 5 percent of your total calories half of what the agency previously recommended, according to new draft guidelines published Wednesday.

Sugar tax may be necessary, England's chief medical officer says

A sugar tax may have to be introduced to curb obesity rates, the chief medical officer for England has said.

Zimbabwe: Plans Afoot for Ethanol Plant At Nuanetsi Ranch

Masvingo The Zimbabwe Bio Energy has announced plans to set up Zimbabwe's third ethanol plant at the Nuanetsi ranch in Mwenezi where the firm wants thousands of local villagers to start farming sugar cane using water from Tokwe-Mukosi dam.

Guyana's Sugar Industry: Six Key Performance Indicators

Despite the unavailability of detailed audited GuySuCo accounts after 2009, in the coming weeks I shall focus on six performance indicators (production, costs, profitability, land productivity, factory productivity, and combined (land and factory) productivity) in assessing the sugar industry since 1990. I believe this period is sufficient for clear patterns to be revealed.

From a king to a pauper!

Western Bureau:Chairman of the Sugar Association of the Caribbean Karl James has warned that Jamaica's bid to remain a top-flight sugar-producing nation could end by 2020 if local producers do not move with the times.

JV Ejercito vows to push passage of Sugarcane Bill

SENATOR Joseph Victor JV Ejercito vowed Thursday to push for the passage of the proposed Sugarcane Bill in the Senate.

Wilmar's sweet buy expands its sugar horizons

IN A single stroke, Wilmar International has gained access to the two largest sugar-producing countries in the world - and doubled its sugar-production capacity - at a bargain.

East Africa: Cane Farmers Back Comesa

Kakamega Sugarcane farmers have welcomed the move by Comesa to give Kenya a one-year extension to restructure her sugar sector.

Mexican sugar firm coming to Tucson, with plans to hire 50

A Mexican company is moving into Tucson with plans to ramp up production of liquefied sugar cane to compete with widely used high-fructose corn syrup.

QSL maintains major exporter of raw sugar

QSL Chief, Greg Beashel, continues as major player in the raw sugar market

Are federal sugar subsidies financing lawsuits over market share?

Everyone knows that sugar is sweet. What they don't know is that it is also politically powerful. As Chris Edwards, the director of tax policy studies at Washington's Cato Institute wrote in the fall of 2013, No industry in America is as coddled as farming, and no industry is as centrally planned from Washington. The federal sugar program is perhaps the most Soviet of all.

One year not enough to fix sugar industry

This may sound harsh, but despite getting a one year extension from Comesa on sugar exports to the country, Kenya did not deserve it and here is why. The 2004-2009 strategic plan for the industry envisioned laying the foundations for a turnaround for the industry to make it competitive.

Funding for growers

FARMERS interested in taking up sugarcane farming have access to two sources of funding, says Fiji Sugar Corporation executive chairman Abdul Khan.

Sugar producers seek import protection

THE sugar industry's application for protection from cheap imports is unlikely to hurt consumers and will safeguard an important and empowered industry, an analyst says.

MPs sound alarm over illegal' sugar imports

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 26 Over 40 Members of Parliament have expressed concern over the illegal importation of sugar into the country saying it was impacting negatively on the industry.

Kenya appeals to COMESA for sugar safeguards

KINSHASA, DRC, Feb 26 Kenya has appealed to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) to consider the sugar safeguard for a further year to enable Kenya complete outstanding sectoral reforms to make sugar production competitive. Addressing the 17th COMESA Authority Summit of Heads of State and Government in Kinshasa, the DRC on Wednesday, Deputy President William Ruto outlined reforms that have been implemented to render the sugar sector in Kenya competitive in line with the conditions directed under the safeguard.

NFSP leader calls for passage of Sugarcane Act

A SUGAR industry leader has called for the immediate passage of the proposed Sugarcane Act to ensure that programs for farm productivity, mill efficiency, among others will be implemented to sustain the sugarcane industry beyond 2015.

EU takes issue with Fiji claims of extended sugar deal

The European Union says reports in the Fiji media that the country's sugar industry will enjoy preferential market access through to 2023 are wrong.

Kyrgyzstan's sugar industry needs state support

BISHKEK (TCA) - A difficult situation in the sugar industry was discussed on February 19 at the Ministry of Economy of Kyrgyzstan. Representatives of the Sugar Beet Growers Association, sugar factories, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation took part in discussions.

Quinton Hildebrand says Mackay Sugar's hand has been forced with the uncertain future of sugar marketing

Mackay Sugar has announced a deal to export up to a third of the sugar produced at its three mills through Brazilian giant, Copersucar. CEO Quinton Hildebrand, one of the staunchest supporters of the single marketing desk controlled by Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL), says the decision to sell 150,000 tonnes through another company is an "insurance policy" for growers and Mackay Sugar. The development is another seismic shift in the way Australia's $1.7 billion export raw sugar is sold. Read the full story here.

Canegrowers are standing firm in supporting the future of the single desk for sugar

Peak lobby group, CANEGROWERS, says it accepts Mackay Sugar's decision to sign with Brazilian giant, Copersucar, but is confident the 80 per cent of raw sugar remaining in the pool - including more than two million tonnes owned by growers - gives QSL the "critical mass" it needs. Read more on today's announcement by Mackay Sugar.

Mackay Sugar severs ties with QSL

One of the most staunch supporters for retaining the single desk model to sell Australia's $1.6 billion worth of raw sugar, has become the first milling group to jump ship.

Coca-Cola auditors visit sugar suppliers - Phnom Penh Post

Third-party auditors hired by The Coca-Cola Company are conducting an audit of Cambodian sugar suppliers, NGOs and community representatives said on Wednesday.

Kenya: Mumias Farmers Welcome New Cane Seed

A section of Mumias sugar growers have resumed cane farming with new cane varieties. The new cane seeds introduced by the Mumias Sugar Company mature early and are diseaseresistant. Akatu Opiyo, a farmer from Shirotsa village in Butere district said he earlier quit cane farming following poor yields and low returns.

Associated British Foods results undermined by sugar

Weak sugar prices will be offset by a strong performance of its budget clothing business Primark, according to Associated British Foods's (ABF's) pre-close trading statement, covering the first half of its financial year to March 1 2014.

British Sugar ups 2013 beet harvest estimate to 1.3m tonnes

British Sugar has increased its estimate for the 2013 beet crop to 1.3m tonnes of sugar production, with the harvest campaign now virtually complete.

MENA Region Sugar Consumption Seen Slowing in 2014

Sugar consumption growth in the Middle East, North Africa will likely slow in 2014 to a rate of 1.5% due to already saturated demand levels coupled with political unrest in parts of the region, said Cyrus Raja, general manager of the world's largest standalone sugar refinery Al Khaleej in Dubai.

GAWU voices grave concern over sugar

The main sugar union GAWU, today expressed grave concern over the state of the sugar industry and urged the revamping of the GuySuco board.

Kenya: Sony Sugar Warns Against Fraudsters

Sugar traders and jobseekers at Sony Sugar Company have been told to be wary of fraudsters. In a statement posted on the company's official Twitter account @SonySugar yesterday, all inquiries should be channelled through acting managing director Jane Odhiambo's office.

Zimbabwe: Tokwe Mukosi - the Untold Positive Side

CONSTRUCTION of the $200 million dollar Tokwe-Mukosi Dam has been in the media from the day the contractor stationed his equipment at the site to lay the foundations, nearly fifteen years ago.

Kyrgyzstan's sugar industry needs state support

BISHKEK (TCA) A difficult situation in the sugar industry was discussed on February 19 at the Ministry of Economy of Kyrgyzstan. Representatives of the Sugar Beet Growers Association, sugar factories, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation took part in discussions.

Sugar sector at bottom, foreigners interested: ISMA's Verma

Verma says foreign investors are beginning to take interest in the sector now that many states have begun rationalizing their sugar pricing policies. Maharashtra and Karnataka have already done that, and Uttar Pradesh too will follow suit, feels Verma.

Sugar gets even sweeter

Price of a kilo down by Shs 1, 000 as competition, smaller export market take toll You can now get a kilogram of sugar at Shs 2, 500, the lowest in five years and half the price in 2011 when the commodity hit a record high. The current factory price of a 50kg bag of sugar stands at Shs100,000, a reduction of more than Shs 30,000 compared to 2011. Ideally, the final consumer and the producer should have been happy because more consumption because of the lower price would translate into higher sales and production.

Electricity from sugar mills

This is with reference to a news story recently published in newspapers, that government is utilizing all its efforts towards generation of electricity from all means and resources available in Pakistan. According to the statement of State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali, government is holding talks with 25 sugar mills out of 106 in the country, to add 1500 to 2000 MW electricity to national grid.

From sugar cane to this...

They were used as a political football in the lead up to the 1999 General Election with politicians and aspirants brandishing the expiring agriculture land leases as their weapon of choice in their campaigns.

Ken Pruitt's lobbying firm harvested $180,000 from Florida Crystals since 2012, investigation finds

Florida's sugar industry has been very generous to St. Lucie County Property Appraiser Ken Pruitt. Critics have said sugar-related lobbying fees and political contributions cast doubt on politicians who say they are committed to protecting the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie River. See the total amount from all sugar-related companies as well as which contribute to his campaigns vs. his lobbying firm.

Kenyan sugar firm Mumias trims loss, says cane theft a problem

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's Mumias Sugar reported on Thursday a narrower loss in the six months ended December as it increased revenues and cut costs.

Zimbabwe: War Vets Demand Sugar Plots As Reward

AFTER successfully campaigning for President Robert Mugabe and Zanu-PF resulting in a controversial victory during last year's harmonised elections, it is now pay back time as former freedom fighters are demanding rewards in form of sugar cane plots.

Kenya: Cane Millers Fear the Cost

Awendo Cane millers in the South Nyanza sugar belt have called on the government to help cut the cost of production. Lawrence Opiyo from Sukari Industries said the cost of sugar production should be harmonised with other countries in the Comesa region.

Mumias sugar cuts loss to Sh73 million

Mumias Sugar Company has recorded a Sh73.4 million loss in the six months to December 2013. The miller, however, reduced the loss recorded over the same period in 2012, 14 times.

Wilmar to invest in Indian sugar refiner

WILMAR International yesterday said that it is acquiring a stake in India's largest sugar refiner, confirming rumours that had been mounting for months.

Wilmar expands sugar reach with India's Shree Renuka deal

Feb 20 (Reuters) - Singapore's Wilmar International said on Thursday it has agreed to invest up to $145 million for a major stake in India's Shree Renuka Sugars, which will give a sugar upstart a foothold in the biggest consuming nation.

FSC seeks $150m loan

FIJI sugar industry stakeholders will approach the EXIM Bank of India to negotiate funding of about $150million for cogeneration plants for the Rarawai and Labasa mills.

Sugar sector at bottom, foreigners interested: ISMA's Verma

Verma says foreign investors are beginning to take interest in the sector now that many states have begun rationalizing their sugar pricing policies. Maharashtra and Karnataka have already done that, and Uttar Pradesh too will follow suit, feels Verma.

EU Shuts Sugar Price-Fixing Investigation on Lack of Evidence

European Union competition regulators said they closed a probe into the sugar industry, a day after Suedzucker AG (SZU), Nordzucker AG and Pfeifer & Langen were fined by Germany's antitrust agency for price-fixing.

Cuban Sugar Harvest Dragging

HAVANA TIMES The costly backlog of more than 8000 tons of sugar, by mid-February impedes compliance and a successful completion of this year's harvest, states a report in the official Granma daily. - See more at: http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=101935#sthash.wEh5Pp3J.dpuf

Notice to Official Over Sugar Factory's Plea

The High Court on Tuesday directed the Chief Director of Sugar, Government of India, not to seize the sugar available on the premises of Shree Renuka Sugars Ltd, India's largest sugar refiner, not to place any restriction upon free sale quota.

Sugar industry applauds Korea FTA deal

Queensland cane growers hope a free trade agreement with South Korea will return big dividends to the industry.

Talks with sugar mills underway for 200mw electricity: Abid Sher

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - MultanState Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali on Wednesday said they were holding talks with 25 sugar mills to add 2,000-megawatt electricity to national grid. Addressing a press conference at MEPCO Headquarters here on Wednesday, he said there were 106 sugar mills in the country and currently talks with 25 sugar mills were in progress to get electricity.

Sugar to be sold at best price: Khan

Fiji Sugar Corporation Executive Chairman, Abdul Khan, says they are still looking for a best price for local sugar.

Kenyan sugar firm Mumias trims loss, says cane theft a problem

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's Mumias Sugar reported on Thursday a narrower loss in the six months ended December as it increased revenues and cut costs.

Cuban Sugar Harvest Dragging

HAVANA TIMES The costly backlog of more than 8000 tons of sugar, by mid-February impedes compliance and a successful completion of this year's harvest, states a report in the official Granma daily. - See more at: http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=101935#sthash.iCK5oT63.dpuf

Notice to Official Over Sugar Factory's Plea

The High Court on Tuesday directed the Chief Director of Sugar, Government of India, not to seize the sugar available on the premises of Shree Renuka Sugars Ltd, India's largest sugar refiner, not to place any restriction upon free sale quota.

Germany fines sugar manufacturers

Germany's Federal Cartel Office (FCO) has imposed a penalty of 280 million on three sugar companies for a territorial cartel lasting from the mid-1990s until dawn raids in 2009.

Suedzucker, other German sugar refiners fined over cartel

FRANKFURT/HAMBURG, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Europe's largest sugar producer, Germany's Suedzucker, said on Tuesday it has been fined 195.5 million euros ($268 million) by Germany's cartel office for past collusion with other sugar producers, which will weigh on full-year earnings.

Sugar industry set to follow cocoa's lead on sustainability, says Fairtrade

Sugar sustainability commitments will soon match those made for cocoa, according to Fairtrade International.

Sugar Crop Tumbling to Four-Year Low in India May Cut Glut

Sugar output in India, the largest producer after Brazil, may tumble to the lowest in four years after excessive rains in the biggest growing region cut yields and some farmers diverted the crop to make a local sweetener. Shares of producers climbed in Mumbai.

Kenya: 11,000 Tonnes of Sugar in Mumias Godowns

THE Mumias Sugar Company has more than 11, 000 tonnes of white sugar in its stores, managing director Peter Kebati has said.

No more royal Sugar Daddies for Morocco's sweet cane industry

The investment arm of Morocco's royal family, SNI, sold a 24.5 per cent stake in Cosumar, its sole sugar supplier, to a group of local institutional investors, traders said, as it moves to divest some of its extensive holdings.

Guyana: Export markets for sugar

I had earlier cautioned readers to be sceptical of the widely held view that the European Community's (EC) denunciation of the Sugar Protocol (SP) in 2009 was the final nail in the coffin of Guyana and the rest of Caricom's sugar industry. I have put forward the alternative interpretation that this event was the proximate occurrence leading to the effective collapse of the region's traditional sugar industry, and in no way either the sole or principal cause for that collapse.

Sugar cane industry watching Mexico

LAFAYETTE Louisiana's sugar cane industry can only hope Mexico keeps its word in 2014 and sells its surplus sugar outside the U.S., where 2.1 million tons of Mexican sugar in 2013 sent American sugar prices to record lows and made it tough for farmers to make a living.

Dangote Sugar Poised For Increased Production

VENTURES AFRICA Nigeria' Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, has commended the country's No.1 sugar refinery, Dangote Sugar Refinery for making a headway on its sugar backward integration project.

Jaggery cake hogs limelight at National Sugar Fest

LUCKNOW: The second day of the National Sugar Fest currently underway on the campus of Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research witnessed jaggery in different forms. From jaggery cubes and candies to puddings, a major portion of Sunday was devoted to jaggery - one of key ingredients of the Indian kitchens.

Houma man dedicated career to improve sugar crop

When Richard Breaux graduated from LSU in 1953 with a doctorate in agronomy, the sugar cane industry was facing a serious problem: Sugar cane research was struggling to bring about the type of improvements that farmers needed to stay competitive and increase their profits.

India Approves Paying $54-a-Ton Subsidy for Raw Sugar Exports

India, the world's biggest sugar producer after Brazil, will introduce a subsidy on raw sweetener exports to boost shipments amid a domestic glut, a government official said.

Sugar Growers Assoc. Issues Statement On Fanjul Firestorm

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) A group of former Cuban sugar mill owners, who sought refuge in the U.S. after their lands and property were seized in the 1959 Cuban revolution, have entered fray after an interview earlier this month in which billionaire sugar baron Alfonso Alfy Fanjul spoke publicly for the first time about his thoughts on expanding his business into Cuba.

South Africa: Greenpeace - Zuma Breaks Hearts With Less Than Unrealistic Energy Plans

Reacting to President Zuma's State of the Nation Address (SONA) last evening, Michael O'Brien-Onyeka, the Executive Director of Greenpeace Africa said: