Lack of shipping containers has put brakes to sugar exports from India, said exporters, according to local press reports.
K P R Mill has decided to establish a new sugar plus ethanol plant in Karnataka, investing INR5 billion (US$68.4 million).
India – Soft loans of US$622 million extended to grain-based distilleries to drive ethanol production expansion [Full subscriber]
In an effort to speed up expansion in ethanol production by 10 billion litres, the government on 31st December approved interest subvention of INR45.73 billion (US$622 million) by extending the soft loan programme to include grain-based distilleries.
On December 16, 2020, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved its marketing year (MY) 2020/21 sugar subsidy, totalling INR 35 billion (US$475.8 million) to export six million tonnes under its Maximum Admissible Export Quota (MAEQ) program that facilitates sugar exports and subsidizes any related additional production costs.
EID Parry India Ltd., one of the largest makers of sugar, has decided to close its sugar factory in Tamil Nadu’s Pudukottai district, saying in late December ’20 it didn’t see a future for the business because of poor sugarcane supply.
India – Child labour endemic in the cane harvesting sector – non-payment widespread [Full subscriber]
In the major cane sugar production states, the use of child labour to support cane harvesting is widespread and they are often not paid, according to the study published in September by The Hague-based child rights organization, Global March Against Child Labour.
Covid-19 pandemic triggers fall in global ethanol production by almost 15% in 2020 [Full subscriber]
Strongly impacted by the Covid‑19 crisis, global ethanol production is anticipated to contract 14.5% to 98 billion litres in 2020 – from 115 billion litres in 2019. Around 80% of the y-o-y fall in output is in the key markets of Brazil and the United States, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Dip in sugar recovery by around 0.4% is adding to cost of production at mills, reports Times of India.
India – 2020/21 sugar output likely to be 2 million tonnes less from cane diversion to ethanol production [Full subscriber]
With the 2020-21 sugarcane crushing season underway, the sugar industry is betting on sugar output declining by 2 million tonnes at the expense of ethanol production, according to local press reports.
India – LanzaTech to supply cellulosic ethanol production technology for a new plant [Full subscriber]
Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL), a leading Indian Refining company, is planning to install a cellulosic ethanol facility in the State of Karnataka, India.