USA: Cellulosic ethanol plant sold to subsidiary of German firm
DATE 12Nov 2018

The DowDuPont cellulosic ethanol plant in central Iowa has been bought by a German biofuels company’s U.S. subsidiary. Verbio North America Corp. and DowDuPont announced Thursday that the purchase includes the 30 million-gallon plant in Nevada and a portion of its corn stover inventory. The price was not released. The cellulosic ethanol plant, which opened… Read More »

Kenya: Sweet news as sugar factory is given permit to crush cane
DATE 12Nov 2018

Deputy President William Ruto had ordered the factory to start operations and asked the Cabinet secretary for Agriculture to issue a permit to Busia Sugar Industry. Busia Sugar’s deputy agriculture manager, John Kitur, told the media that the company had received the licence and that crushing of cane would start soon. Yesterday, a test run… Read More »

Pakistan: Sugar mills unwilling to start crushing amid ‘liquidity crunch’
DATE 12Nov 2018

According to industry sources, around 89 sugar mills — located in Sindh and Punjab — are reluctant to start new crushing season citing liquidity crunch due to an outstanding amount of Rs16 billion export subsidies from the government and low prices in domestic market. In addition to that, the industry has also demanded the Federal… Read More »

India: Farmers told to harvest sugarcane themselves
DATE 12Nov 2018

With a bitter past experience of depending on an out-of-state contractor to send cane-harvesting teams, Dharbandora’s Sanjivani sugar factory has decided to ask local farmers to get the canes harvested by themselves.

India: Crisis resolved in Kolhapur, sugar mills to start crushing cane
DATE 12Nov 2018

The crisis in the cane belt of Kolhapur over the first installment payment amount came to an end on Saturday, after sugar millers and farmers’ representatives held discussions and agreed on a solution. The Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, an organisation representing the farmers, has agreed to accept the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) as the first… Read More »