Preliminary data compiled by the Sugarcane Technology Center (CTC) for the first half of July indicate that cane yield in the current season has dropped by 14% to 68.2 t/ha compared to 79 t in 2021.
In an effort to support the livelihoods of Fijians in the sugar industry, the Government has provided a three-year minimum guaranteed cane price of FJ$85 (US$41) per tonne.
South Africa – Cane growers reeling with losses following arson attacks by rioters in KwaZulu Natal [Full subscriber]
South African farmers have been hit by days of unrest and looting as trucks carrying produce are prevented from delivering to markets and in the case of sugarcane, to mills.
The highly complex sugarcane genome poses challenges for conventional breeding, requiring more than a decade of trials for the development of an improved cultivar. Two recently published innovations by University of Florida researchers at the Department of Energy’s Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) demonstrated the first successful precision breeding of sugarcane by using CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing — a far more targeted and efficient way to develop new varieties.
India – Sugar mills invest in mechanized harvesting as access to cane cutters have become problematic during the pandemic [Full subscriber]
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.