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Nepal: Protect emerging industries, not zombies
DATE 24Apr 2019

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli probably took many by surprise when, earlier this month, he accused domestic sugar mill owners of artificially creating a shortage in order to inflate prices. During last Dashain & Tihar, the price of sugar exceeded Rs100 per kg. Before that, mill owners lobbied hard for protective measures, arguing that imports… Read More »

USA: Two new sugarcane varieties approved for commercial release
DATE 24Apr 2019

The American Sugar Cane League’s Variety Release Committee approved the release of two new varieties, Ho 12-615 and L 12-201, for commercial planting in the summer of 2019. Researchers with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in Houma, LSU AgCenter’s Agricultural Experiment Station and the League coordinated their work over the past 12 years to cull… Read More »

USA: Work on year round E15 continues
DATE 23Apr 2019

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works towards allowing year-round use of E15 gasoline, ethanol proponents are watching closely with summer sales ban approaching. “Farmers stand ready to work with the Administration to clear obstacles to higher blends of ethanol such as E15 and ensure a final rule works for the full ethanol and… Read More »

India: Maharashtra-Ideologies blur as personal equations take over poll battle in sugarcane belt
DATE 23Apr 2019

Politics make for strange bed fellows and in Kolhapur the general elections have thrown up many such combinations. Tucked in the sugarcane belt of southern Maharashtra, Kolhapur is a bastion of cooperative bodies in the state where elections to the cooperative milk dairies and sugar mills have often seen political ideologies blur as personal equations… Read More »

USA: Sugar king makes Brazil infrastructure the new hot commodity
DATE 23Apr 2019

The man in charge of Brazilian sugar giant Cosan Ltd. has little interest in talking about the sweetener. These days, he’s all about railways. The business that gave life to Cosan — the world’s biggest sugar-cane operation — has been stuck in the doldrums following years of depressed global prices and government policies that curbed expansion of… Read More »