Cuba has carried out a root and branch restructure of its sugar industry in a last-ditch attempt to keep mills from folding in the face of collapsing output, reported Reuters.
Switzerland – Parliament approves generous support measures to sugar industry to last until 2026 [Full subscriber]
The Swiss Parliament recently approved an extension of the support measures for domestic sugar beet cultivation until 2026 to check the decline of the sugar industry.
South Africa – Lack of milling capacity squeezing smallholders – 2 million tonnes cane may not be crushed [Full subscriber]
With three months left in the current campaign, there’s a serious concern that small-scale cane growers will not be able to supply some 2 million tonnes of cane to sugar mills due to lack of milling capacity, according to the South African Farmers Development Association (SAFDA).
Enticing new and young sugarcane farmers into the industry amidst the backdrop of an ageing workforce remains one of the most significant issues facing the sector, according to the Fiji Times.
Pakistan – Competition Commission fines the sugar industry US$268 million for anti-competitive practices [Full subscriber]
The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) imposed on 13th August a penalty of PKR44 billion (US$268 million) on the sugar industry for cartelisation, price-fixing and market manipulation – violating the Competition Act 2010, according to local press reports.
The Kenyan government is entirely responsible for problems facing the sugar industry, according to the Kenya Association of Manufacturer’s (KAM) Sugar Sub-Sector report.
Turkey – Sugar production forecast to remain unchanged at 2.75 million tonnes in 2021/21 [Full subscriber]
Sugar beet production and acreage are forecast at 19.5 million tonnes and 320,000 hectares in 2021/22, assuming favourable growing conditions in line with last year under the production quota, according to USDA’s latest attaché report.
Bangladesh – Government’s efforts to modernise sugar industry marred by ill-informed proposals [Full subscriber]
The move to modernise public sugar mills in Bangladesh has apparently fallen flat, according to local press reports.
Pakistan – Government will shoulder costs for installing video surveillance technology at sugar mills to monitor production [Full subscriber]
The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) approved on 8th February PKR350 million (US$2.2 million) for the installation of Video Analytics Surveillance (VAS) systems at sugar mills to monitor their operations and prevent tax evasion, according to local press reports.
Uganda – Sugar industry struggles with cheap imports in the local market originally destined for re-export [Registered]
Uganda’s sugar producers are in dire straits as the sector is currently facing an accumulation of its stocks with the sluggish sale linked to competition from imported sugar free of duty which should be re-exported, according to an industry lobby group.