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India: Industry wants Government to step up sugar exports
DATE 6Feb 2019

Sugar industry representatives will meet food and consumer affairs ministry officials on Thursday to push for fresh measures to boost exports amid expectations of higher production of the commodity than estimated consumption. The industry wants the government to provide financial assistance to companies which aim to expand their ethanol production capacity, to help maintain profitability… Read More »

Kenya: Why sweet potato is the darling for farmers in western Kenya
DATE 6Feb 2019

While poor management and debilitating debts continue to run down State-owned sugar millers in western Kenya, and the government is yet honour its Sh2.6 billion pledge, farmers are abandoning cultivation of sugar cane for sweet potatoes in huge numbers thanks to the ready market and changing dietary patterns among health savvy consumers. Growers said sugar… Read More »

Philippines: All bitterness and sorrow in the sugar areas
DATE 6Feb 2019

Pioneering Basques and the members of the local principalia helped develop Pampanga into a sugar-producing area, one of the sugar pioneers. At the peak of the sugar industry, which were the late 1940s, the 1950s and the 1960s, the province had two sugar mills and the sugar barons controlled the local economy — and its… Read More »

Fiji: Farmers feel FSC don’t listen to them
DATE 6Feb 2019

Labasa cane farmers feel that the Fiji Sugar Corporation do not listen to their views and complaints. Labasa cane farmer and National Farmers Union Secretary Surendra Lal says previous years, the views of farmers are never taken into account. Sugar industry stakeholders are in the North this week holding consultations on the development of the… Read More »

India: AAP asks Govt to release pending amount to sugarcane growers
DATE 6Feb 2019

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday demanded that the Capt Amarinder Singh-led Punjab Government should immediately release the pending balance amount to the sugarcane growers in the State. “The Government should release the balance amount worth crores outstanding against the sugar mill owners for a long time,” said AAP MLA and the Leader of Opposition… Read More »