India: Maharashtra farmers stage stir
DATE 16May 2020

Eighty four farmers — all from Maharashtra — who have been camping in a private building resorted to a demonstration seeking the officials to send them back home on Friday. Officials said that prior to the national lockdown, the farmers, including women and children, had come here to work for a sugar mill. They were… Read More »

Nepal: Sugarcane farmers face double whammy
DATE 16May 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has added to the woes of sugarcane farmers, who were already struggling to recover their due payment from sugar mills. Generally, sugarcane harvesting season is from January to March. “Since not all the sugar mills were operating earlier this year due to the farmers’ protest, most farmers were in a dilemma whether… Read More »

India: Coronavirus impact – Lockdown hits sugar mills, payments to cane farmers
DATE 16May 2020

Even as farmers across India are hit by a crash in wholesale prices of fruits and vegetables due to an ongoing lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus, pending payments to sugarcane growers has emerged as an additional pain point hurting rural incomes. Sugar sales are down due to a crash in institutional demand from… Read More »

India: Sharad Pawar pushes for special grants for sugar sector
DATE 16May 2020

Former union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar has batted for a special financial package for the sugar sector in view of the ongoing COVID 19 crisis. In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Pawar has called for a one time grant of Rs 650 per tonne of cane crushed for the last two seasons as… Read More »

USA: Sugar Giant India Set to Boost Output as Lockdown Solution Found
DATE 16May 2020

India will likely produce more sugar than expected this year as farmers divert more cane to mills that are still open during the nationwide lockdown. The Indian Sugar Mills Association will likely raise its forecast for output to 27 million tons in the year that began Oct. 1, according to a person familiar with the… Read More »