In a bid to expand sugar production and support rural development, President Mnangagwa commissioned a ZW$600 million (US$40 million) Kilimanjaro Sugar Cane project on 9th November, according to local press reports.
Following a bold move by a group of investors in 2014 to embark on building Brazil’s first ethanol plant based 100% on corn, five years on, the group has doubled capacity in the initial plant, built a second unit and announced plans for three more, as Brazilian farmers ramp up corn production, reported Reuters.
China is set to more than triple its ethanol production capacity by 2020 as the demand for the commodity is expected to surge as the country shifts toward cleaner fuels, according to a government researcher, reported Reuters.
Cane acreage in Maharashtra, India’s second-largest sugar producing state, is expected to increase by 25% in the next crushing season beginning October 1, according to Economic Times.
Netherlands-based port terminal operator Euroports has finished the renovation of its dedicated sugar terminal in Antwerp, Belgium, just in time for the first delivery trains of the 2017-2018 sugar season, the company said in a September 21 statement.
British Sugar is inviting arable farmers to try sugar beet, even if they have never grow it before, ahead of the abolition of beet quotas in September 2017, reported Farmers Weekly.
Middle East – Continued expansion in sugar refining capacity is excessive, says a refinery CEO [Registered]
Speaking at the sugar conference in Dubai, Yves el-Mallat said “It is difficult to understand the logic behind two new refining facilities with combined capacity of 1.75 million tonnes in Saudi Arabia, for example”.
The cane crushing capacity will be expanded to 6000 tonnes per day (tcd) from the current 5000 tcd, while cogen capacity is increased from 15 MW to 26 MW.
Further, Dalmia Sugar is setting up a new distillery with capacity of 60 kilo litre per day.
Last year the sector had an installed cogen capacity of 215 MW and produced 1,200 GWh. The additional capacity will come from two plant expansion projects this year as part of efforts to improve energy efficiency.
The project includes the construction of a modern, high-specification refinery that was expected to more than double the current yearly refined sugar production capacity to about 100 000 t and increase yearly sugar production capacity from 420 000 t to 450 000 t through a range of smaller factory improvements.