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Australia: Pilot plant to turn sugarcane waste into biofuel and beer bottles
DATE 14Feb 2019

QUT researchers and Mercurius Australia have commenced work on a pilot plant to prove the economic viability of turning sugarcane waste into either jet and diesel fuel or chemicals that could be used to make plastic soft drink and beer bottles. Dr Darryn Rackemann, Senior Research Fellow from QUT’s Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities… Read More »

Singapore: Ukrainian sugar beet acreage to drop 20% on year to 220,000 ha in 2019-20-source
DATE 14Feb 2019

The area planted to sugar beet in Ukraine in the 2019-20 season (October-September) is forecast to drop 20% on the year to 220,000 hectares In response to low sugar prices, a source close to the National Association of Sugar Producers (UkrTsukor) told S&P Global Platts. An UkrTsukor spokesperson said the organization would make an announcement… Read More »

Pakistan: COFCO Int’l eyes sugar assets in Brazil
DATE 14Feb 2019

COFCO International, the trading arm of Chinese state-owned food group COFCO, is looking to invest in sugar assets in Brazil, Global Softs president Marcelo de Andrade said on Wednesday. “We are now looking more in Brazil,” he said on the sidelines of a major sugar conference in Dubai. “If I can find cheap assets yes… Read More »

India: Sugarcane-bumper crop, bitter harvest
DATE 14Feb 2019

In 2016, it wasn’t exactly a dream of Hanuman Patel to migrate to a city for a secure life with stable income. A poverty-stricken sugarcane farmer from Madhya Pradesh, Patel’s choiceless decision to abandon his home-soil was rather fuelled by the financial losses he endured for years.

USA: Sugar traders follow agri giants in seeking blockchain fix
DATE 14Feb 2019

Sugar traders are following the world’s top agricultural merchants in looking at using blockchain technology to help streamline trading and shipping transactions. In a meeting called by Jamal Al Ghurair, part of one of Dubai’s richest families and managing director of refining giant Al Khaleej Sugar, stakeholders agreed to study solutions for the sugar industry,… Read More »