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India: Fungus infestation of high-yielding sugarcane variety leads to hunt for new strain
DATE 23Jan 2019

The famed Co-0238 high-yielding sugarcane variety that has placed India on the verge of becoming the world’s largest sugar producer has run into trouble due to a ‘Red Rot’ infestation, forcing the government to hunt for a new strain to check a possible slump in output in the coming years. Coimbatore-based Sugar Breeding Institute (ICAR-SBI),… Read More »

Philippines: Labor-Import liberalization scheme of sugar alarming
DATE 23Jan 2019

The Save the Sugar Industry Movement (Save SIM) is alarmed over the recent pronouncement of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno that the government is seeking to liberalize the importation of sugar, its official said. Wennie Sancho, convenor of Save SIM, said on Monday, January 21, it is alarming for the workers in the sugar industry, particularly… Read More »

Fiji: Sugar Ministry plans to improve industry
DATE 23Jan 2019

The Sugar Ministry says they plan to increase sugar production to 3 million tonnes this year. Ministry’s director for policy and research Reshmi Kumari says, as a result, they are having a consultation with farmers around the country to hear their concerns.

Indonesia: Raw sugar import depends on industry demand
DATE 23Jan 2019

Recommendation on the import of raw sugar will be issued based on the industry demand, acting Director General of Agro-industry of the Industry Ministry Achmad Sigit Dwiwahjono stated. “Recommendation will be issued based on the demand of the industry. We are now verifying which industries need (raw sugar), and we will see their supply,” Dwiwahjono… Read More »

Pakistan: Sugar dips on crude oil weakness; cocoa and coffee also fall
DATE 23Jan 2019

March raw sugar was down 0.11 cents, or 0.8 percent, at 12.92 cents per lb by 1155 GMT. Oil prices fell more than 1 percent on Tuesday on signs that an economic slowdown in China was spreading, stoking concerns about global growth and fuel demand. Lower oil prices can diminish the competitiveness of cane-derived ethanol… Read More »