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India: How far will aid for sugar go?
DATE 7May 2018

Last week, the Union government approved financial assistance of Rs 5.50 per quintal (100 kg) for cane crushed by sugar mills in the ongoing 2017-18 season (October-September). This money would be credited directly into the bank accounts of farmers, who haven’t received the “fair and remunerative price” (FRP) for sugarcane fixed by the Centre. Will… Read More »

India: Sugarcane’s toxic waste can turn into a boon for farmers
DATE 7May 2018

Sugarcane molasses-based distilleries in India are not only water guzzlers but purge a highly toxic residue— spent-wash or vinasse. This unusually viscous dark brown coloured pungent liquid after recovery of alcohol. If let out untreated, it can cause huge damage to the soil, groundwater and rivers. Now for the first time, Central Salt and Marine… Read More »

Kenya: Kenya in Push to Privatise Sugar Firms as Production Dips
DATE 7May 2018

Kenya is racing against time to privatise its publicly-owned sugar factories ahead of the expiry of an agreement that protects the country from cheap imports from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa). The EastAfrican has learned that the government plans to pull through with the privatisation plans for Miwani and Muhoroni factories… Read More »

Austaralia: Ethanol mandate Queensland
DATE 7May 2018

Mr Dametto said Katter’s Australian Party was able to achieve a mandate requiring four per cent of the total volume of regular unleaded petrol sales to be ethanol based during the last Queensland parliament. This mandate will take effect on July 1, but Mr Dametto said he would like to see the ethanol mandate increased. “With… Read More »

India: UP government to use plastic waste for constructing ‘sugarcane roads’
DATE 5May 2018

The sugarcane department in Uttar Pradesh, the country’s largest sugarcane and sugar producer, is mulling the use of plastic waste for construction of ‘sugarcane roads’ for cutting costs and promoting green technology. ‘Sugarcane road’ is the name given to a road constructed by the UP sugarcane department linking cane fields to the nearest mill or… Read More »