USA: USDA reports says Indonesia faces ethanol dilemma
DATE 5Jan 2018

Indonesia instituted a national ethanol policy in 2006, but has been having troubles meeting their goals. The country’s plans to develop bioethanol are facing many setbacks, including costly inputs, capacity limitations and trade restrictions limiting imports of alternative feedstock, according to a report published by the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network. Indonesia… Read More »

India: Cooperative sugar mills crush over 127 lakh quintal sugarcane
DATE 4Jan 2018

The cooperative sugar mills in Haryana have crushed 127.74 lakh quintals of sugarcane and produced over 11.53 lakh quintals of sugar so far during the ongoing crushing season, an official said today. Cooperative sugar mill Shahabad has so far crushed the maximum of 22.58 lakh quintals of sugarcane and produced over 2.16 lakh quintals of… Read More »

Australia: Far North Queensland sugar cane grower prays for rain to boost 2018 crop
DATE 4Jan 2018

The 2017 cane crush proved to be a difficult one for MSF Sugar growers, with crops severely impacted by drought early in the year and crushing brought to an early end by unseasonal wet weather during November. MSF Sugar’s Mulgrave, Tableland and South Johnstone Mills tipped their final bins early last month, with each experiencing… Read More »

Myanmar: Sugar traders switch to production, cultivation as glut abates
DATE 4Jan 2018

Sugar prices had all but collapsed after a 2017 ban on re-exporting to China left local traders in the lurch. However, prices have since stabilised as the glut lessened. More importantly, a larger number of domestic businesses have started producing sugar for local consumption. “Although sugar traders suffered huge losses due to the temporary ban… Read More »

Brazil: Brazil establishes national biofuels policy
DATE 4Jan 2018

Brazilian President Michel Temer has approved legislation creating RenovaBio, a new national biofuels policy. The law was published in the official federal gazette of Brazil on Dec. 26. The Brazilian Senate approved the bill on Dec. 12. RenovaBio aims to increase the use of all biofuels, including ethanol, biodiesel and biomethane, in Brazil with the… Read More »