Pakistan: 27pc decline in sugarcane cultivation in Punjab this year
DATE 7Jan 2019

The Agriculture Department has underlined the need for adopting new cultivation technology in addition to develop high yielding and disease resisting varieties of sugarcane to get maximum production. This was stated by Director Agriculture (Extension) Chaudhry Abdul Hameed here on Sunday. He informed that the area under sugarcane cultivation had recorded a steep decline of… Read More »

Kenya: Oparanya announces pay date for cane farmers
DATE 7Jan 2019

Farmers who supplied sugarcane to State-owned millers will be paid their arrears between January and February, the sugar task force Vice-Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya has said. Mr Oparanya said the delay caused by the National Treasury has created speculation and animosity among stakeholders in the sector. Although he did not confirm whether Treasury has released the… Read More »

Pakistan: Govt plans tax on molasses
DATE 7Jan 2019

The government is formulating new regulations for collection of sales tax on molasses to generate additional revenue of Rs5 billion from the sugar industry.  A source in the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) told Dawn on Saturday that under the proposed regulations the molasses can only be sold through sales tax registered entities. The process… Read More »

India: Sugar mill officials to face action if farmer ends life
DATE 7Jan 2019

The Maharashtra Government has ordered the police to file criminal charge against directors and officials of sugar mills in cases of farmers committing suicide over non-receipt of their dues. The first case was filed earlier this week against officials of New Phaltan Sugar Limited, a private sugar mill in Maharashtra’s Satara district, after farmer Bhagwan… Read More »

India: Centre could raise sugar MSP 10% to Rs 32 a quintal, but there is a caveat
DATE 7Jan 2019

In a major relief to the beleaguered sugar sector, the Centre is likely to revise the sugar minimum selling price (MSP) by 10 per cent from its current level of Rs 29 a quintal to Rs 32 a quintal in the weeks ahead. Last year, the Union food ministry had fixed the ex-factory sugar sale… Read More »