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India: Cane arrears may crush BJP in western Uttar Pradesh
DATE 21Mar 2019

Mounting sugarcane dues are the BJP’s Achilles heel in the Jat-dominated western Uttar Pradesh where its success in consolidating the vote of this farming community and split in Muslim voters had helped it sweep the 2014 Lok Sabha and 2017 State Assembly polls. But non-payment of sugarcane dues, which stood at a staggering ?11,845.01 crore… Read More »

Philippines: Traders blamed for high sugar prices
DATE 21Mar 2019

It is the middlemen, traders and repackers who are jacking up the retail prices of sugar. This was the outcry of farmers and producers as they face the proposed liberalization of sugar. “As far as farm-gate price is concerned, it’s already down. We are selling at PHP1,400 per 50-kilo bag. That means you should get… Read More »

China: Cuba fulfills sugar exports despite difficult harvest
DATE 21Mar 2019

Despite a sharp setback in its domestic harvest due to lack of resources and inefficient planning, Cuba still fulfilled its sugar exports, one of the island’s traditional products, to various markets worldwide. “The country’s export plan to China and various nations in Europe hasn’t been affected and we have complied so far. Also, domestic consumption… Read More »

UK: Sugar trader Alvean names new chief executive
DATE 21Mar 2019

Leading sugar trader Alvean announced a change in leadership as it tackles the tough environment facing the sugar industry. The 50/50 joint venture between agricultural trading house Cargill and Brazilian sugar group Copersucar said that Paulo Roberto de Souza would replace Gareth Griffiths as chief executive. Mr de Souza led Copersucar as its chief for… Read More »

India: Rabobank sees global sugar deficit of 4.3 million T in 2019/20
DATE 21Mar 2019

Rabobank on Wednesday forecast there would be a global sugar deficit of 4.3 million tonnes in 2019/20 following a small surplus of 1.1 million in the prior season. The bank, in a quarterly report, said the deficit was driven partly by projected declines in output in India, Thailand and the European Union. Sugar production in… Read More »