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UK: Worst drought in a century hits Brazil as it fights to overcome Covid
DATE 21Jun 2021

The worst drought in almost a century has left millions of Brazilians facing water shortages and the risk of power blackouts, complicating the country’s efforts to recover from the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The agricultural centres in São Paulo state and Mato Grosso do Sul have been worse affected, after the November-March rainy… Read More »

India: Rs 400 cr ethanol plant to be set up in Una
DATE 21Jun 2021

Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) will set up a Rs 400 crore grain-based ethanol plant with a capacity of 125 KL per day in Una district. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said here today that the state government would provide about 70 acres for the plant and a rail-fed POL terminal of higher capacity.

India: Five cooperative sugar mills yet to pay farmers, repay banks as September deadline looms
DATE 21Jun 2021

Five of the eight cooperative sugar mills across the state, who were extended government guarantee for raising working capital last year, have neither been able to clear the dues of the farmers, nor repay their bank loans. With the September deadline for repayment looming, and only a fraction of the capital being repaid, the government… Read More »

UK: Pilot project looks at growing sugar beet
DATE 21Jun 2021

The re-introduction of sugar beet production to Scotland a move that could support national climate change targets, create green jobs, and unlock new economic opportunities has taken a significant step forward after the pilot project laying its foundations received new funding. With the first successful crop in half a century harvested earlier this year, the… Read More »

UK: Post-Brexit labour shortages deal blow to UK cannabis production
DATE 21Jun 2021

The company that owns the UK’s biggest cannabis production site for use in pharmaceuticals has called for changes to immigration policy following labour shortages after it was excluded from a visa scheme for farm workers. Peter Watson, agriculture director of British Sugar — which grows cannabis for use in epilepsy medicines at Wissington in Norfolk… Read More »