International Sugar Journal

Thailand – Yamaha Motor launches pesticide spraying service for cane crop via UAV [Full subscriber]

Yamaha Motor’s subsidiary in Thailand Siam Yamaha Motor Robotics recently launched a pesticide spraying service using an industrial unmanned helicopter “FAZER R”. Two crops it is initially focusing on are sugarcane and corn.

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Thai cabinet approves subsidy of US$321 million for cane growers [Full subscriber]

Thai cabinet on 9th June approved financial assistance of THB10 billion (US$321 million) to be paid to about 300,000 sugarcane growers under a subsidy programme.

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Thailand – Drought-hit cane growers granted US$318 million [Full subscriber]

With Thailand in the midst of its worst drought in four decades, cane growers are hit hard by the decline in both drop in productivity and rising production costs, placing a severe strain on their enterprise. To mitigate this, the Industry Ministry has stepped in with financial of THB10.2 billion (US$318 million).

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Thailand – 2019/20 campaign ends with sugar output falling 43% to 8.27 million tonnes [Full subscriber]

The 2019/20 campaign ended recently, according to the Thai Sugar Millers Corporation. Both sugarcane production and cane sugar production fell by 43% – cane output from 130.97 million tonnes in the previous year to 74.89 million tonnes and sugar output from 14.58 million tonnes to 8.27 million.

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Thailand – ABT expands the capacity of its biobased epichlorohydrin plant [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up Advanced Biochemical (Thailand, (ABT)) recently announced that is boosting the amount of biobased epichlorohydrin (ECH) it produces at its facility in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, to 120,000 tonnes/year – an increase of 20,000 tonnes.

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Thailand – Khonburi Sugar expects 2020/21 revenues from sugar production to drop by 25-35% [Full subscriber]

With the worst drought in Thailand in 40 years, Khonburi Sugar has acknowledged that revenue from sugar production is likely to decrease by 25-30% on the back of drop in cane production.

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Thailand – Cane growers defy the ban on burning crop prior to harvesting [Registered]

Sugarcane growers in eastern and central Thailand have been burning their fields at night despite authorities’ ban on the practice to curb air pollution.

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Thailand – 2019/20 sugar output to fall to 10.5 million tonnes – 9-year low [Full subscriber]

Sugar production in Thailand is expected to fall 28% to a nine-year low of 10.5 million tonnes in the current crop season as drought curtails cane supplies, according to Rangsit Hiangrat, director-general of Thai Sugar Millers Corp.

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China’s crackdown on sugar smuggling inflicts storage headache for the Thai industry [Full subscriber]

A crackdown on sugar smuggling into China is creating a major storage problem for exporters/producers in Asia in particular, reported Reuters.

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Thailand – Sugar industry expected to lose US$196 million due to strong Baht [Full subscriber]

The Office of the Cane and Sugar Board (OCSB) projects the sugar industry will lose THB10 billion (US$326 million) in the upcoming sugar-crushing season because of the baht’s appreciation and the global oversupply, according to the Bangkok Post.

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