International Sugar Journal

Philippines – 9 sugar mills finish 2017/18 campaign earlier as cane supply dries up [Full subscriber]

Nine sugar mills have ended their 2017/18 campaign earlier than usual this crop year due to the 15% drop in cane production, according to local press reports.

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Ghana – Inadequate cane supply keeps the Komenda sugar factory closed [Full subscriber]

The Komenda Sugar Factory, inaugurated two years ago, remains shut as cane production has simply been woeful, according to local press reports.

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Kenya – Sugar industry in disarray as imports rise four-fold [Registered]

Kenya’s sugar imports increased by nearly 400% in the first nine months of this year, according to the latest figures from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistic (KNBS). This is mirrored by cane production falling to nine-year low.

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Brazil – Extended ratooning expected to reduce cane output in 2017/18 [Registered]

Sugar mills in the Centre/South (CS) invested little in replanting cane this year which is likely to reduce cane output next year with the inevitable knock on impact on both sugar and ethanol production, according to a report by Banco Pine.

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Swaziland – Thousands to lose jobs in the sugar belt amidst severe drought [Registered]

The Managing Directors of Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation (RSSC) and Ubombo Sugar, Nick Jackson and Oswald Magwenzi, respectively were candid about the current situation during a State of Water Affairs Meeting hosted by the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) on 28th January.

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South Africa – Drought reduces 2014/15 cane production by34% in KwaZulu-Natal [Registered]

The 2014/15 cane output was 17.76 million tonnes, down from 21 million tonnes last year, according to a recent report from the South African Cane Growers Association.

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Guatemala – 2015/16 sugar output forecast to increase to record 3 mln tonnes [Registered]

While the cane sector has been expanding cane acreage by 3% annually for the past years (acreage is forecast at 270,000 ha for 2015/16), it is the significant improvement in productivity that catapulted cane production. Sugar yield has increased from 6.6 t/ha, in 1990, to 10.8 t/ha during the last harvest season.

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