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India: Only 3% area for sugarcane sown due to bad rains in Maharashtra
DATE 24Jul 2019

Scanty rainfall in sugarcane-growing regions of the state has impacted its plantations in Maharashtra. As per government records, sugarcane plantation has happened only on 3% area as against 78 % last year. The total Kharif sowing is also a paltry 54% as compared to 100 % last year. Out of 1.49 crore hectares of possible… Read More »

Brazil: Bunge, BP merge Brazil ops to create world’s No 3 sugarcane processor
DATE 24Jul 2019

US commodities trader Bunge Ltd and British energy company BP Plc said on Monday they will merge their Brazilian sugar and ethanol operations to create the world’s third largest sugarcane processor. The joint venture is the largest deal in Brazil’s bioenergy sector since Royal Dutch Shell joined forces with Cosan to form industry leader Raízen… Read More »

Philippines : Hinigaran sugarcane, rice farmers benefit from solar-powered irrigation
DATE 24Jul 2019

From just relying on rains for their rice and sugarcane production, farmers at Hinigaran town in Negros Occidental are now benefiting from solar-powered irrigation system (SPIS), the top official of the Department of Agriculture (DA) said. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, in his Facebook post recently, said some farmers in the province are now enjoying the blessings… Read More »

USA: BP unveils giant Brazilian bioenergy joint venture
DATE 24Jul 2019

“As far as sugarcane-based ethanol is concerned, in Brazil, it is grown on land that is not suitable for growing food. Our facilities are concentrated about 1,500 kilometres from the Amazon rainforest.” The 50:50 venture, which is due to be based in São Paulo, would rank as the second-largest player in the sugarcane biofuel sector in Brazil,… Read More »

India: Indian farmers have sown 7% less land this summer
DATE 24Jul 2019

There has been a decline of 6.9 per cent in the area of crops sown this summer, according to the latest data published by the Union Ministry of Agriculture on July 19, 2019. According to the data, rice has been sown on 14 million hectares (ha), down from 15.1 million ha the same time previous… Read More »