International Sugar Journal

Roadmap for small-scale grower sustainability* [Full subscriber]

Abstract Small-scale sugarcane growers (SSGs) form the majority of cane growers in South Africa. Their contribution to the sustainability and long-term growth of the South African sugarcane industry is invaluable and impacts on the long term viability of the whole industry. The South African sugar industry has a proud history of supporting small-scale growers indicating that the present decline in this sector may not be due to a lack of industry support, but rather to a combination of other factors. SSGs are faced with challenges such as the lack of capital or credit; low and declining productivity of crop land;…

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