International Sugar Journal

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.

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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.

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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.

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Vietnam – Sugar industry in crisis amidst alleged dumping from Thailand [Full subscriber]

Thai companies are allegedly dumping sugar in Vietnam and hurting farmers, say Vietnamese sugar producers, according to local press reports.

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South Africa – Master plan to support the local sugar industry signed by all the stakeholders [Full subscriber]

South Africa’s struggling sugar industry has received a major boost after the signing of a master plan by the Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel and Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, alongside stakeholders farmers, industrial users and retailers.

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Pakistan – PSMA agrees to electronic surveillance of sugar production lines [Full subscriber]

In order to introduce transparency in the sugar sector, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA) to operationalize Video Analytics Rules, 2020, that will effectively monitor output via an electronic device.

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Vietnam – Sugar industry struggles amidst factory closures due to ATIGA [Full subscriber]

Tariffs cut to zero under the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA) from January 1 this year has hit the sugar industry hard, according to local press reports.

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UK – Sugar beet growers welcome new contract with British Sugar [Full subscriber]

British Sugar and NFU Sugar unveiled on 24th August one-year and three-year sugar beet contracts and prices from 2021.

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South Africa – Covid-19 pandemic stalls plan to revive the sugar industry [Full subscriber]

The Covid-19 pandemic has scuppered plans to revitalize South Africa’s ailing sugar industry for the time being, reported Bloomberg.

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Chad – Local sugar company verge on collapse due to smuggling [Full subscriber]

The local sugar producer Compagnie Sucriere du Tchad (CST) is on the brink of collapse as it has not been able to sell its sugar for more than eight months due to smuggled sugar flooding the local market, according to a local press report.

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