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India: Maha sugar mills owe cane farmers Rs 2,500 Cr due to low sales
DATE 25Feb 2018

The crashing of sugar prices in the wholesale market, and lower sales, has resulted in mills owing Rs 2,500 crore to cane cultivators across Maharshtra, an official from the state cooperation department said. “As per the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) formula to calculate the purchase price of sugar, a mill has to pay Rs… Read More »

India: Bittersweet challenge: How families in this TN village make jaggery despite odds
DATE 24Feb 2018

Sugarcane farmers in this part of rural TN have been adding value to their produce through a slow and arduous process, and offer jaggery as a healthier alternative to sugar. The sweet smell of sugarcane syrup permeates the air as one enters Neikkarapatti. The welcoming aroma owes its origin to the 75 units that make… Read More »

Fiji: $3.75 million boost for cane access roads
DATE 24Feb 2018

As many as 366 sugarcane growers in Koronubu, Ba, will have access to improved cane access roads thanks to a $3.755 million partnership between the European Union and Pacific Community’s (SPC) Rural Access Roads and Associated Infrastructure (RARAI) project. In a press statement released yesterday, SPC said once work was completed, the upgrades on 54… Read More »

Switzerland: Swiss sugar industry calls for action as prices crumble
DATE 24Feb 2018

The Swiss sugar industry is facing stiff competition from Europe and is calling for political measures to save the industry. At a press conference in Bern on Friday, industry representatives warned that the scrapping of European quotas had flooded the Swiss market with cheap European products. The Swiss Farmer’s Unionexternal link (USP), Swiss Sugar and… Read More »

USA: Plunge in Market for Ethanol Credits Spurred by Trump Review
DATE 24Feb 2018

President Donald Trump and his top agriculture and environmental officials are chatting again about modifying the U.S. biofuels mandate, and that sent the market for ethanol credits screaming lower. Renewable Identification Numbers tracking 2018 ethanol consumption quotas fell 6.1 percent, according to broker data. RINs are used by oil refiners and regulators to track compliance… Read More »