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Uganda: Sugarcane traders suffer losses as Kenya ban bites
DATE 26Aug 2020

Traders and sugarcane farmers say they are counting losses worth unspecified billions as the Kenyan ban on the importation of Ugandan canes takes a financial toll on them. Last month, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture , Mr Peter Munya, slapped a ban on the importation of sugarcane and brown sugar from Uganda,… Read More »

India: Biden says supports ethanol, hits Trump on handling of U.S. biofuel laws
DATE 26Aug 2020

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday threw his support behind U.S. laws that require oil refiners to blend biofuels into the nation’s fuel pool and criticized the Trump administration for its handling of the mandates. “A Biden-Harris Administration will promote and advance renewable energy, ethanol, and other biofuels to help rural America and our… Read More »

USA: Farmers, ethanol producers defend EPA’s year-round E15 regulation
DATE 26Aug 2020

Responding to the oil industry’s effort to undermine the expansion of E15 (gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol), Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association, and National Corn Growers Association on Aug. 21 filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit supporting and defending the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2019 regulation that finally allowed… Read More »

India: Sugarcane waste helps increase yield of key cereals – Study
DATE 26Aug 2020

A new study has found that coating jowar, bajra, wheat and maize seeds with organic mixture derived from sugarcane residue increases the yield of these cereals. City-based researchers Aparna Gunjal and Balu Kapadnis experimented with wheat, maize, jowar and bajra seeds. They discovered that the root and shoot length and rate of seed germination of… Read More »

India: Managing food surplus key challenge for India – RBI report
DATE 26Aug 2020

India has now reached a stage in which surplus foodgrain management has become a major challenge, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said in its annual report on Tuesday. The total production of foodgrains reached a record 296.65 million tonnes in 2019-20, while total horticulture production  accounting for about 40 per cent of gross value… Read More »