International Sugar Journal

Review and analysis of variety distribution trends in the South African sugar industry: A 2013 perspective* [Full subscriber]

The South African sugar industry has experienced decades of sustainable sugar production due in part to continuous variety changes, yet the historic variety trends have not been reviewed. The objectives of this study were to (i) review the historic trends in variety distribution and discuss the impact of variety changes on industry sustainability, (ii) analyse trends in adoption patterns to elucidate future variety inclinations, and (iii) evaluate the accuracy of mill delivery data as a tool to study variety distribution. Historic variety distribution and Cane Testing Service (CTS) data from 1926 to 2011 was analysed. The historic changes in variety…

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