Sugar mills contributed 30% of the electrical power consumed in Guatemala during the 2020/21 (Nov-May) campaign, according to local press reports.
Guatemala – Cogen output from sugar mills forecast to rise by 37% during the 2020/21 campaign [Full subscriber]
With the 2020-2021 campaign (November-May) commenced, the sugar mills are set to cogenerate 2,600-gigawatt hours (GWh) – some 37% more than during the previous campaign, according to local press reports.
The dispute settlement panel of the World Trade Organisation is unlikely to come out with its report on a case against India’s support measures for the sugar sector before the second quarter of 2021 on account of “complex procedural and factual nature of the disputes”, the WTO said in a press release on 29th April.
India has blocked requests from Australia, Brazil and Guatemala at the World Trade Organization (WTO) for setting up of dispute panels against its subsidies for sugar and sugarcane.
The sugar producer Ingenio La Unión was conferred the winner of the Ricardo Castillo Sinibaldi Productivity and Competitiveness Award during a ceremony on 5th December ’18 in the Guatemala City. The award is presented annually by the Technical Institute for Training and Productivity (Intecap).
The Guatemalan sugar industry set to pursue achievable economic, environment and social development goals by 2025
The Sugar Association of Guatemala (“ASAZGUA”), comprising country’s 11 sugar mills, in collaboration with partner organizations announced in July a clear strategy via its Sugar for Good campaign, which pledges to meet nine sustainability commitments by 2025 with five directly aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Between 2015 and 2016 the export value of raw sugar from Guatemala fell by 4%, falling from US$ 849 million in 2015 to US$ 814 million in 2016. The volume sold decreased by 3% from 2.1 million of tons in 2015 to 2 million tons in 2016.
Peru imposes an extra import levy on sugar, rice, corn, and dairy products when international prices fall below a certain level, a system that Guatemala said was illegal under global trade rules.
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.