A large number of sugar mills across India are moving to mechanised sugarcane harvesting this season as Covid-19 pandemic is likely to affect the availability of sugarcane cutters, according to local press reports.
Zimbabwe – Tongaat to persist with the ZW$1 billion cane project following government reassurance [Full subscriber]
Tongaat Hulett Zimbabwe (THZ) has re-affirmed its commitment to the ZW$1 billion (US$2.76 million) Kilimanjaro Sugar Cane Project in Chiredzi, with the firm and some local banks investing more than ZW$320 million. This was presaged by the Government releasing a letter of undertaking to protect the investment, according to local press reports.
The biotech start-up Amyris recently launched a second product through its Purecane™ low-calorie sweetener- the Purecane Baking Sweetener.
Persistent drought in southwest China’s Yunnan Province has resulted in decreasing sugarcane output this year by 2.23 million tonnes, according to the provincial department of industry and information technology, reported the local news agency Xinhua.
Growers in Brazil’s main cane production region Center-South (CS) faced another year of losses in 2018/19 campaign ending on March 31, reported Valor Economico.
Australia – Cane crop in North Queensland suffers severe flooding in more than 20 years [Full subscriber]
Thousands of hectares of cane fields in North Queensland have been damaged by the worst flooding in more than 20 years, but it could be months before the full extent of the damage is revealed, according to local press reports.
Supported by the government, the Togolese Institute for Agronomic Research (ITRA) has been undertaking trials with cane cultivars over the past few years to identify suitable ones for the locality prior to embarking on building a new sugar factory, according to local press reports.
Driven by faster returns and increased profitability, cane crop is losing ground to soyabeans in Sao Paulo state, reports Valor Economico and Reuters.
The United States Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded on 7th August that it is safe to consume raw and refined sugar produced from Brazil’s first genetically-modified sugarcane variety, called CTC20BT.
Despite international breeding efforts, advanced agronomy and effective management of pests and diseases, sugarcane yields have been static for decades owing to constraints on culm development. The culm’s sugar storage capacity is physically limited, restricting the volume of sucrose and biomass that can be obtained from the crop for sugar. An international team of researchers has now found that the key to addressing this constraint on sugarcane yield could lie in a gene called ScGAI.