India: Mills to buy sugarcane worth Rs 1 lakh crore next year; may lead to payment crisis
DATE 7Sep 2018

Sugar mills will purchase cane worth over Rs 1 lakh crore from farmers starting next month until April 2019, which may lead to payment crisis for the cash-starved millers, according to sources. Sugar production of India is estimated to rise to 35.5 million tonnes in the next 2018-19 marketing year (October-September) from 32.5 million tonnes… Read More »

Netherlands: Amyris gains GRAS green light on sugarcane derived zero-calorie ingredient
DATE 7Sep 2018

Amyris has announced that its zero-calorie sweetener made from sugarcane has received designation as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) by an independent expert panel. This designation is based on US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) requirements and allows Amyris to begin commercially selling its new, natural, zero-calorie sweetener. Specific details on the ingredient are not… Read More »

Nigeria: Kebbi to begin production of ethanol from sugarcane in 2019
DATE 7Sep 2018

The Kebbi Government will begin production of ethanol from sugarcane starting from 2019, the state governor, Atiku Bagudu, said on Thursday. Bagudu made the disclosure when he received members of Security Watch Africa, who paid him a courtesy visit in Birnin Kebbi. He said: “As part of our efforts to increase security and empower our… Read More »

Nigeria: Jigawa sugarcane farmers want subsidy on farm inputs
DATE 7Sep 2018

Some sugarcane farmers at Madaci town in Jigawa on Wednesday appealed to governments at all levels to subsidise farm inputs used in cultivating sugarcane. The farmers made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Madaci, Kirikasamma Local Government Area of the state. They said subsiding fertilizer, pesticides, improved seeds… Read More »

USA: Portraits of the Past-Many changes in beet sugar industry
DATE 7Sep 2018

After World War II, Colorado’s population exploded, and the highly productive Front Range farms north of Denver, which produced high-yielding sugar beet harvests, were being sold to developers. To the farmers, land was more profitable divided into lots than in farming. Factories in Fort Collins, Brush and Fort Lupton had already closed. Great Western tried… Read More »