With the 2020/21 campaign underway in the sugar beet belt, farmers, depending on accurate long-term forecasts to support harvesting operations are stifled by their relative inaccessibility due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to local press reports.
Argentina’s top sugar producer Ledesma on 9th September reported the death of 53-year-old José Nina. He was the 13th Ledesma employee to die after being infected with Covid-19, according to local press reports.
The Covid-19 pandemic has scuppered plans to revitalize South Africa’s ailing sugar industry for the time being, reported Bloomberg.
Vessel logjam at Brazil’s Santos port as importers rush to stockpile sugar in advance of potential paralysis from the Covid-19 outbreak [Full subscriber]
Fears that the coronavirus outbreak in Brazil will paralyze the export of sugar have made dry bulk ship operators rush to send ships to major port Santos. More than 70 ships are lined up at Brazil’s port of Santos to load sugar for export in a queue that may take a month to clear, reported Reuters.
Over “70 ethanol facilities with an annual production capacity of 6.1 billion gallons have been fully idled, and approximately 70 more plants have reduced their operating rates by a combined amount of 1.9 billion gallons annualized” according to 24 senators in a letter to President Trump on 7th May to support the sector as the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in steep decline in both gasoline and fuel ethanol demand
Two big sugar companies in northern Mindanao resumed milling operations on 20th April, reported CNN.
The Philippine government has moved to include sugar in COVID-19 relief packs to help cane growers weather the coronavirus crisis.
India – 5 million tonnes sugar export target will be missed due to Covid-19 plus drop in prices [Full subscriber]
India won’t be able to ship 5 million tons in the year to September as a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disrupts logistics at ports exacerbated by the drop in sugar prices eroding export parity.
The coronavirus COVID-19 is impacting sugar industry stakeholders in various ways. Following social distancing measures to contain the spread of coronavirus, farmers are facing problems in getting labourers to harvest their cane from the fields. In Maharashtra 56 out of 146 sugar mills have stopped crushing activity.