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Brazil: Frosts reported in several coffee, sugarcane areas
DATE 10Jul 2019

 Frosts have been reported in several agricultural areas in Brazil over the weekend, including coffee and sugarcane production regions, as an intense polar air mass sweeps through the country. Cane, coffee and late planted winter corn are the most vulnerable crops in the South and Southeast regions in Brazil where frosts were reported. Eventual production… Read More »

India: Sugar output to fall on lower monsoon rains
DATE 10Jul 2019

India’s sugar production could fall by 18 per cent in 2019/20 as last year’s drought forced farmers to curtail their sugar cane plantings while lower monsoon rains this year are limiting the crop’s growth, a senior industry official said. The lower production could help India to reduced stockpiles that have risen because of two years of… Read More »

Pakistan: Biofuels can help reduce current account deficit
DATE 9Jul 2019

Pakistan’s current account deficit has created many problems for the economy. Major imports are of the oil sector. There is a misplaced notion that nothing can be done for reducing these imports. Biofuels based on local agro-waste are a viable option and competitive route. Bio-refining technology has come of age. Not only can biofuels replace imports… Read More »

India: Maharashtra’s sugar industry seeks permission to make ethanol from sugar
DATE 9Jul 2019

Sugar industry of Maharashtra has sought central government’s permission to convert the surplus sugar back into ethanol. The central government has decided to discourage excess production of sugar and instead promote ethanol made from sugarcane. “Henceforth, we will not be able to take any policy decisions to help dealing with excess sugar production. But we now… Read More »

Brazil: Frosts hit coffee, sugarcane areas; production impact seen
DATE 9Jul 2019

Frosts were reported in several agricultural areas in Brazil over the weekend, including coffee and sugarcane production regions, and cooperatives and companies expected some impact as they assessed the situation. Cane, coffee, late-planted winter corn and wheat are the most vulnerable crops in Brazil’s south and southeast regions, where frosts were reported as the country… Read More »