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Task force set up to find solutions for sugar industry


To reduce burden on the exchequer due to over-production of sugar, Niti Aayog has constituted a task force to suggest long-term solutions such as crop diversification to reduce adverse impact on ground water and aligning sugar industry with global markets.
The 13-member panel, which will be headed by Niti Aayog member Ramesh Chand, includes secretaries of food, agriculture, expenditure, commerce, petroleum and environment. The panel will suggest long-term solutions to the problems faced by the sugarcane farmers and measures for rationalising the sugar economy.
“The Centre can’t continue to give ...

Sri Lanka emerges the largest sugar importer from India- UAE distant second


Sri Lanka has emerged as the largest sugar importer by contributing nearly half of India’s total sweetener exports during the current season beginning October 2018.
Data compiled by the apex industry body All India Sugar Trade Association (AISTA) shows India’s total sugar exports to Sri Lanka at 84,536.90 tonnes. With 16,801 tonnes and 15,340 tonnes, United Arab Emirates and Somalia have become the second and third largest importer of Indian sugar, respectively. Total exports between October 1 and December 5, 2018 stands at 179,849 tonnes.
“Apart from this, ...

Cooperative Sugar mills in Haryana produce 3.34L quintals of sugar


The cooperative sugar mills in Haryana have so far produced over 3.34 lakh quintals of sugar by crushing 43.95 lakh quintals of sugarcane during the current crushing season.
A spokesman of Haryana State Federation of Cooperative Sugar Mills said that the Cooperative Sugar Mill, Rohtak has produced a maximum of 63,400 quintals of sugar by crushing 8.58 lakh quintals of sugarcane. Cooperative Sugar Mill, Shahabad has produced 58,800 quintals of sugar by crushing 7.53 lakh quintals of sugarcane, followed by Cooperative Sugar Mill, Karnal, which has produced 46,210 quintals of sugar by crushing 5.57 ...

Sugar package purely domestic issue, not distorted global trade- Govt


India has informed the WTO that its sugar package is purely a domestic issue and has not distorted international trade in the commodity, the government said Wednesday.
A number of questions on India's sugar policies have been raised in the WTO Committee on Agriculture from time to time by various members including the EU, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and Russia, Union Minister C R Chaudhary said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
He said that recently, Australia submitted a communication to WTO on India's measures ...

Brazil approves WTO action over India sugar


By Marcelo Teixeira
SAO PAULO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The Brazilian government approved consultations at the World Trade Organization regarding subsidies it says India gives to cane producers and sugar exporters, Brazil’s trade ministry said.
Brazil said it has decided to start a formal action at the WTO after failing to receive enough information from India following letters it sent to the Indian government seeking clarifications on sugar policies.
“The suspicion is that Indian domestic support (to farmers) and its subsidies to sugar exports caused significant ...

Sugar output, exports may drop next year as drought cuts cane planting


India's sugar production could fall in 2019/20 as farmers are struggling to plant cane because of a drought in two of the country's top producing states, according to multiple industry officials and traders.
A drop in production would slash exports from the world's second-biggest sugar producer and support global prices that have fallen 15 percent so far in 2018.
“Many farmers couldn't plant cane in Maharashtra and Karnataka due to water scarcity. This will reflect in next year's production,” said Prakash Naiknavare, ...

Baramati Agro to push beet as a supplement to sugar from cane


Diversified agro-based firm Baramati Agro plans to promote cultivation of beet for sugar production, its CEO Rohit Pawar has said.
Pawar, who recently took over as the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) President, said his firm, which owns two sugar mills, plans to start trials from this year.
While the Chandigarh-based Rana Sugar has been producing some limited quantities since 2012, Renuka Sugar, headquartered in Mumbai, tried out beet on a limited scale in the past.
Requires less ...

Sanjivani sugar factory's long wait for a sweet deal


Far away from the hustle and bustle of life, sits Goa’s pioneering venture in sugar manufacturing — the Sanjivani Co-Operative Sugar Factory Ltd. Today, the factory may have gained a reputation as a white elephant bleeding the state exchequer, but a visit to it reveals a different narrative, one of factory personnel struggling to sustain its existence with love and passion in the face of continued government apathy and neglect. The phrase that comes to mind is ‘nobody’s child’.
The factory, which sprawls at the foothills ...

Pune- Fearing litigation, sugar mills change FRP payment norms


Sugar mills, especially in the drought-prone Marathwada region, have started taking precautions to escape litigations in case they fail to pay growers the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) on time.
The mills are tweaking their cane plantation certificates — that farmers need to sign — asking farmers to accept the FRP payment in installments.
The Sugarcane Control Order of 1966 mandates payment of FRP within 14 days of sale of cane, failing which the mills are expected to pay interest at the rate of 15 per cent per annum to ...

Chinese import may help rescue sugar industry


At a time when the Indian sugar industry is looking at exploring ways of exporting the sweetener to China, a high-level delegation from the Chinese sugar industry has visited Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, two states which account for the bulk of production in the country. The Chinese delegation is exploring ways of firming up long-term arrangements for import of sugar from India.
India had earlier asked China to consider releasing its raw sugar export quota for 2019 earlier than January. The Chinese government normally releases sugar quota for January-June in the middle ...