USA: LETTER-Ethanol not solution to overabundance of corn
DATE 4Feb 2019

There have been several letters in the paper recently about the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS). What I find discouraging is that no one is talking about the fact that the RFS is a bad idea. In a corn growing state like Illinois, it is going to be highly unpopular to say this, but the fact… Read More »

India: Cane farmers still await dues
DATE 4Feb 2019

“We have heard umpteen promises, held plenty of meetings and scores of protests, but still are empty handed, awaiting our own money,” this is how cane growers express their misery. Cane growers last year in December had held a massive protest and the protesting sugarcane farmers were left with no option but to leave their… Read More »

Canada: Who benefits the most from sugar import liberalization?
DATE 4Feb 2019

The controversy on the liberalization of sugar imports continues with the government’s economic managers, stakeholders, producers, manufacturers and farmers giving their opinion on the issue. But at the end of the day, who will really benefit the most from it? Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, in his weekly breakfast forum on Wednesday, announced that a 30… Read More »

Philippines: NegOcc gets DA support amid sugar industry woes
DATE 4Feb 2019

Sugar stakeholders in Negros Occidental got support from the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 6 amid the challenges confronting the local industry. The government is planning to deregulate the sugar importation policy in the county, a move that sugar leaders in the province have decried. In a summit held on Jan. 31, DA regional director… Read More »

Philippines: PH’s sugar production now stands at 1.1 MMT
DATE 4Feb 2019

The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) has pegged production target at 2.2 million MT for this sugar crop year, but production as of January has already reached 1.1 million MT. The sugar crop year started in September last year and will end in August yet. But SRA Board Member Emilio Yulo III said the production trend… Read More »