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Taiwan: Taiwanese sugarcane straws awarded at French invention fair
DATE 22Oct 2018

The design and production of biodegradable straws made from sugarcane fiber by a Taiwanese company won a gold medal at an international invention fair in southern France earlier this month, as a ban on single-use plastic straws is set to go into force in 2020 in France. The sugarcane straws developed by Ju-Tian Eco-Material Co.,… Read More »

Pakistan: NBP urges SC to allow sugar mills to resume work
DATE 22Oct 2018

The National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) on Saturday approached the Supreme Court with a plea to order constitution of a committee for operating eight sugar mills in Sindh, owned by the Omni Group, to prevent default on payment to sugar cane farmers or banks. The crushing season will begin in November and if the mills… Read More »

Kenya: Sugar imports drop on swoop
DATE 22Oct 2018

Sugar imports fell to a multi-year low in the nine months ended September as traders shied away from shipping in the commodity following increased scrutiny by State enforcement agencies. Some 189,620 tonnes of the sweetener were brought in to bridge the deficit in domestic production, data from the Sugar Directorate indicate, a sharp drop from… Read More »

Pakistan: Mills may not operate if support price set higher than Rs120
DATE 22Oct 2018

The millers are in shambles! We are still reeling from the actions of the last two governments. Last year, sugarcane was priced at Rs182 per 40kg. Remember that 90 percent of white sugar price is pre-determined: 80 percent of production cost constitutes of raw material, cane; whereas ten percent is taxation. So, in any given… Read More »

India: Maha proposes EPF, insurance benefits for sugarcane labourers
DATE 22Oct 2018

The Maharashtra Government has proposed to extend benefits of Employees Provident Fund (EPF) as well as insurance schemes to those cutting, harvesting and transporting sugarcane, a State Labour department official said on Saturday. He said that the State had around eight lakh labourers engaged in these works in 168 cooperative and private sugar factories. The… Read More »