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Indonesia lowers expectations for white sugar output [Registered]

Indonesia has revised down its expected white sugar production for this year by 31% because of a lack of expansion in cane plantations and stalled efforts to modernise ageing sugar mills, said an agriculture ministry official 16 March ’11. Lower output from Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest sugar consumer, would mean the country may have to import more white sugar to meet domestic demand. Indonesia expects to produce 2.69 million tonnes of white sugar this year, down from an initial target of 3.88 million tonnes, said Agus Hasanuddin Rahman, director of annual crops at the agriculture ministry. “Expansion of cane plantations…

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