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Philippines: Negros workers push for protection of sugar industry
DATE 2May 2019

The Negros-based General Alliance of Workers Associations (GAWA) on Wednesday declared solidarity for the protection of the sugar industry in observance of Labor Day. A total of 46 leaders and representatives from various labor groups and unions launched the Sugar Watch Philippines in a forum at Gerald’s Restobar here, led by main convenor Wennie Sancho,… Read More »

South Africa: Sugar industry advised to diversify product offering, enter niche product markets
DATE 30Apr 2019

Trade and Industry Minister Dr RobDavies and the South African Cane Growers Association (Sacga) have agreed that increases in sugar imports in South Africahave an unavoidable impact on the competitiveness of the local sugar industry and that certain measures are necessary to restore its sustainability. “The industry has suffered a massive reduction in sales to the beverage sector as they… Read More »

India: 27% pre-monsoon rain deficit critical for Indian farming
DATE 30Apr 2019

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has recorded 27 per cent less pre-monsoon rainfall from March to April, a phenomenon critical to agriculture in some parts of the country. IMD recorded 43.3 millimetres of rainfall across the country from March 1 to April 24 as against the normal precipitation of 59.6 millimetres. This was 27 per… Read More »

USA: ADM’s move to spin off ethanol assets speaks to industry’s woes
DATE 30Apr 2019

Biofuels pioneer Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) took another step toward abandoning its pure-play ethanol assets on Friday, the latest sign of the industry’s struggles with US President Donald Trump’s trade wars, thin margins, and overproduction. US law requires ethanol to be blended into gasoline but domestic demand for the biofuel added to gasoline has flatlined… Read More »

Greece: China’s ethanol imports in March surge 79% on month
DATE 30Apr 2019

Chinese ethanol imports jumped 78.9% month on month to 7,389 cu m in March from 4,130 cu m in February with undenatured imports climbing, offsetting the decline in denatured imports, latest customs data showed. The sharp increase in ethanol imports stemmed from a low base in February. On a year-on-year basis, the ethanol imports had… Read More »