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Philippines: Negros Occidental gov’t opposes ‘liberalization of sugar industry’
DATE 24Jan 2019

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Negros Occidental has passed, in mass motion, a resolution opposing the plan of the government to “liberalize the sugar industry.” Sponsored by Third District Board Member Manuel Frederick Ko, the resolution stated that the move would open the flood gate to unabated massive unregulated entry of sugar being dumped by… Read More »

USA: U.S. Commerce Department Sued by CSC Sugar
DATE 24Jan 2019

CSC Sugar LLC has filed a brief in the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York arguing that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s failure to keep and make public records of meetings with outside parties, as required by law, in the negotiations of a U.S.-Mexican trade pact on sugar should void the entire agreement.… Read More »

India: Sugar Goes Sour
DATE 24Jan 2019

The nip in the air and the hazy skyline in October are tell-tale signs of onset of winter in northern parts of the country. In India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, there is one more giveaway – long queues of tractors on highways overloaded with the perennial sturdy grass, sugarcane. Around this time of the… Read More »

India: Sugarcane farmers struggle to cope with climate change
DATE 24Jan 2019

Jaikumar Gouda of Khavatakoppa village in Belgaum district of Karnataka is a worried man. Just 10 to 15 years ago, he used to harvest 80 to 90 tonnes of sugarcane per acre, which has now slumped to 40. Variable rainfall, prolonged dry spells and frequent droughts influenced by climate change are affecting the lives of… Read More »

Singapore: Kenyan sugarcane farmers group claims planned zoning is anti-competitive
DATE 24Jan 2019

Kenyan cane farmers group SUCAM has charged that a government proposal for sugarcane zoning is illegal and anti-competitive, The Standard reported. The proposal, made by the Agriculture Ministry’s Sugar Industry Task Force, would oblige cane farmers to sell to a specific purchasing mill. Farmers have contended that the lack of competition among buyers could depress… Read More »