International Sugar Journal

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.

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Amyris launches cane-based low-calorie sweetener Purecane™ [Registered]

The biotech start-up Amyris recently launched a second product through its Purecane™ low-calorie sweetener- the Purecane Baking Sweetener.

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China – Drought in Yunnan Province reduced cane output by over 2 million tonnes [Full subscriber]

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.

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Brazil – CS cane growers face mounting losses [Full subscriber]

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.

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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.

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Togo – Cane cultivars trials progressing well – hopes for a new factory in 2020 raised [Registered]

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.

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Brazil – Cane gives way to soyabeans amidst US-China trade war [Full subscriber]

Driven by faster returns and increased profitability, cane crop is losing ground to soyabeans in Sao Paulo state, reports Valor Economico and Reuters.

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US approves GM-modified cane developed by Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira [Full subscriber]

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.

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Key gene increasing sugarcane growth is identified [Full subscriber]

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.

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Breeding improved cane cultivars enters a new stage as its genome is finally sequenced [Full subscriber]

CIRAD, a French research centre specializing in agricultural research in warmer regions, along with a team of partners have successfully sequenced sugarcane genome. This paves the way to modernize methods to breed sugarcane varieties which will doubtless be a boon to the cane sugar industry.

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