India: Locust swarms spare Delhi but threaten Rs 40,000-crore sugarcane economy in UP
DATE 30Jun 2020

Locust swarms that wreaked havoc in farmland and cities like Rewari, Jhajjar and Gurugram in Haryana over the weekend have entered areas of Uttar Pradesh, the leading sugar producing state in the country. The swarms, spread across 3-5 sq km, had ravaged crops near Gurugram on Saturday but had spared Delhi. They have been hitting various districts… Read More »

India: New technology to promote sugarcane cultivation in UP
DATE 30Jun 2020

The Yogi Adityanath government has decided to promote the application of sixfold technology in the sugarcane cultivation, in order to increase productivity of sugarcane crop in the state. The exercise is to be practiced from the forthcoming autumn sowing season. Principal Secretary, sugarcane and sugar industry, Sanjay R. Bhoosreddy, has directed the district cane officers… Read More »

India: Challenges, opportunities in sugarcane sector post Covid
DATE 30Jun 2020

The sugar industry requires a paradigm shift to be sustainable and profitable in the long run. There is light at the end of the tunnel, though, with many start-ups and innovations, said industry captains at a recent webinar on ‘Combating post Covid-19 challenges in sugarcane sector through appropriate technologies and approaches’.

UK: Argentina and Brazil crops threatened by locust swarm
DATE 30Jun 2020

The insects, which can cover a distance of 150km (93 miles) in a day, have already travelled from Paraguay to Argentina and it is feared Brazil and Uruguay could be next. Brazil has told farmers to be alert to the possible arrival of the locusts. Kenya and India are also currently fighting locusts swarms.

USA: Ethanol output surges to record high in May
DATE 30Jun 2020

Brazilian ethanol production hit the highest level ever recorded in May amid expectations for a record sugarcane harvest and biodiesel output rebounded from coronavirus-related lows, according to data released June 29 by the National Petroleum Agency, or ANP. Sugar mills produced 8.46 billion liters of ethanol in May, more than double the 4.05 billion liters… Read More »