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GOVERNO PREPARA PROJETO DE LEI QUE PREVÊ FIM DAS QUEIMADAS NOS CANAVIAIS (Brazil)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on January 22, 2009

Quarta-feira, 21/01/2009 – 20:58

Jornal da Mídia

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PRICE OF SUGAR MIGHT GO UP: SHAHRIR (Malaysia)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on January 21, 2009

Tuesday January 20, 2009 MYT 7:18:00 PM

by Zulkifly Mohamad

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SUGAR PRODUCERS: SCRAP WORLD ALLOCATION (Philippines)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on January 9, 2009

20:06:00 01/08/2009

by Carla Gomez – Visayas Bureau

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PCA WARNS CONSUMERS VS ADULTERATED COCO SUGAR (Philippines)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on January 3, 2009

01/03/2009

The Daily Tribune

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PANORAMA FUTURO – SETOR SUCROENERGÉTICO DO BRASIL MANTERÁ O CRESCIMENTO EM 2009, AVALIA UNICA – Mesmo em ritmo mais lento, setor sucroenergético continuará a crescer no próximo ano, projeta UNICA

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 23, 2008

18/12/2008 às 09:26

Da Redação com UNICA

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CANA-DE-AÇÚCAR: MINAS GERAIS DEVE SUPERAR PR TAMBÉM NA PRODUÇÃO DE ETANOL (Brazil)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 21, 2008

19/12/2008 – 19:00

por F.R. – SIAMIG

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FABRICAÇÃO DE AÇÚCAR É RECORDE NO BRASIL (Brazil)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 21, 2008

21/12/2008

Tribuna do Norte

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IOC PLANS TO BUY SUGAR MILL IN BRAZIL

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 17, 2008

15 Dec 2008, 17:15 hrs IST

ReutersPUBLISHED BY ‘THE ECONOMIC TIMES’ (India)

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MOZAMBIQUE: FRENCH INVESTMENTS SET TO GROW

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 14, 2008

13 November 2008

Agência de Informação de Moçambique (Maputo)

The volume of French investment in Mozambique is set to grow significantly in the next few years, with the approval of new projects to be implemented in the country.

The outgoing French Ambassador to Mozambique, Thierry Viteau, who made the statement, was speaking to reporters shortly after meeting with Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Wednesday to say farewell after completing his term of duty.

According to Viteau, French investments in Mozambique have reached 40 million Euros (48 million US dollars), but are set to grow, with the implementation of new projects, the nature of which he did not reveal.

“There are projects under discussion and we hope they will be carried out soon”, said Viteau, adding that the growth in the flow of French investments is in response to the request of Guebuza when he visited France in July 2006.

At that time, Guebuza asked French businesses to invest in Mozambique. This led to the visit by a French business delegation to the country in September 2007, to investigate for the business environment in Mozambique.

Viteau claimed that this visit had resulted in French investmen in mining and in sugar.

“Investment is rising, and with the new projects under discussion, the level will rise still further”, he said. “I cannot give you the sums involved, since this is a matter for the businesses, but obviously it’s going to grow

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RISING DEMAND MAKES INDIA A SUGAR IMPORTER

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 11, 2008

11 Nov 2008, 0152 hrs IST, Prabha Jagannathan, ET Bureau

NEW DELHI: India, the world’s largest consumer and second-largest producer of sugar, is turning into a India, the world’s largest consumer and second-largest producer of sugar net importer of the sweetener as growth in population and household incomes leads to higher consumption and forces the country to meet domestic demand from other nations.

Sugar consumption has increased by two million tonnes in the past two years, pushing up the annual domestic consumption to about 23 mn tonnes from only 19 mn tonnes in 2005-06. Consumption is growing by over 4% annually, but the government prefers to keep tightlipped about it and pegs the annual sugar consumption at only 21 mn tonnes.

This means domestic consumption will surpass the projected output (22 mn tonnes at present) for the 2008-09 year, paving the way for sugar imports and sharpening domestic sugar prices for both industrial and retail consumers. Analysts have already projected that India will be a sugar importer from the 2009-10 sugar year.

In February this year, the core platform for private sector sugar units, the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), hiked its domestic consumption figures from 19 mn tonnes to 21 mn tonnes, against an overall production level of 28.4 mn tonnes. It also projected domestic sugar consumption levels for 2007-08 sugar year to at least 22.5 mn tonne, up from the official figure of 21 mn tonnes.

Keeping domestic sugar consumption level low would mean that the carryover stocks from last year would be lower by two million tonnes, at about 9 mn tonnes. Compared to the lower government figures, industry estimates for 2007-08 sugar year (Indian Sugar, September 2008) are that internal consumption was a whopping 22.5 mn tonnes (against production of 26.3 mn tonnes and availability, including carryover stocks, of 35.5 mn tonnes) compared to 21 mn tonnes in 2006-07 and 18.5 mn tonnes in 2005-06.

Lower carryover stocks and the projected low sugarcane output projected for 2008-09 could spell high domestic sugar prices, something that the poll-bound UPA government would prefer not to face in the first half of next year when general elections are held.

Sugar prices are among the most sensitive of election issues and the fact that the domestic prices have shot up from around Rs 15/kg in the retail market earlier this year to around Rs 20/kg now has already forced the Centre to pull out all stops to boost open market availability and drag down or at least hold prices.

Ironically, most recent studies show that sugar consumption has gone up significantly on account of industry (such as ice creams, soft drinks, pastries, chocolates and the pharma sector) and not on account of domestic consumption by the economically weaker sections for whom the government commands 10% of the production by mills for levy sugar.

That domestic sugar consumption was growing at a rapid pace was acknowledged as early as the Mahajan committee report, which showed progressive increase from 11.2 mn tonnes (1991-92) to 13.0 mn tonnes (1995-96), except for 1993-94 when there was steep fall in output. Consumption, the report held, increased by 64.78% between 1984-85 and 1995-96 at a healthy 4.31% per annum.

The report also observed a fall in the share of expenditure on sugar in rural areas and a much higher increase in sugar expenditure in urban areas. And that was a whole decade or more from today, when the consumption of processed foods and soft drinks has more than doubled.

More recently, the Tuteja committee report also observed that India’s consumption went up annually in a marked manner — from 16.7 mn tonnes in 1999-00 to a significantly higher 17.4 mn tonnes in 2000-01 and to 17.9 mn tonnes in 2001-02. Between 1996-97 and 2001-02, India’s consumption of sugar as a percentage of world consumption went by from 12.4% to 13.4%.

In June 2007, a KPMG report held that in the share of total sugar consumption, the share of gur and khandsari declined. Industrial (dairy, confectionery, bakery and beverages which accounted for 5.26 mt or 30% of non-levy share), small business and high-income household segments accounted for 74% (13 mn tonne) of the total non-levy sugar consumption of 17.52 mn tonne in 2006-07.

According to the report, per capita sugar consumption, which went up with rise in per capita income, stood at an average 2.2 kg/month at the lowest income level, while at the highest income levels, the average household sugar consumption was at 5.11 kg per month.

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DEFINIDAS REGRAS DO ZONEAMENTO AGROECOLÓGICO DA CANA-DE-AÇÚCAR (Brasil)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 4, 2008

Segunda-feira, Novembro 03, 2008

Canal Rural, em 03/11/2008

O ministro da Agricultura afirmou na sexta, dia 31, que não será permitido o plantio de cana-de-açúcar em novas áreas na Amazônia. O documento que determina as regras para o zoneamento agroecológico da cultura, deve ser lançado pelo presidente Lula no próximo dia 17, durante a abertura da Conferência Internacional de Biocombustíveis, em São Paulo. A proposta ainda está em análise na Casa Civil.

Os ministros do Meio Ambiente, do Desenvolvimento Agrário, da Agricultura e representantes do Ministério de Minas e Energia se reuniram nesta sexta no Palácio do Planalto, a portas fechadas, para analisar o documento que determina as regras para o aumento da produção de cana-de-açúcar no país. O que está em análise é um estudo que sugere restrições para garantir a segurança alimentar e a preservação do meio ambiente. De acordo com a proposta ficam proibidos o cultivo na Bacia do Alto Paraguai, a abertura de novas áreas para o plantio de cana na Amazônia e no Pantanal, a retirada de qualquer vegetação nativa para plantar cana e as freqüentes queimadas como forma de preparar a colheita nas áreas mecanizadas.

O ministro Reinhold Stephanes confirmou algumas medidas que estarão no texto final do zoneamento. As restrições ao plantio da cana devem ser limitadas à produção de açúcar e álcool. A expansão da área será permitida quando a produção for destinada a agroindústrias de ração animal, rapadura, açúcar mascavo e cachaça.

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FARMERS ASSAIL IMF TERMS FOR LOAN (Pakistan)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 3, 2008

November 03, 2008 – Monday

Bureau Report

HYDERABAD, Nov 2: The Sindh Abadgar Board has rejected the government proposal for obtaining $5 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund and cautioned that if the government does not change its decision it would be tantamount to signing the death warrant of the national economy.

The board leaders said at a meeting held on Saturday under its chairman Abdul Majeed Nizamani that the IMF always targeted agriculture sector and the fund was more likely to impose condition to end subsidy for agriculture sector.

The meeting pointed out that the IMF loan would be extremely dangerous for the national economy and political stability of the country and demanded that the president and prime minister bring the matter before the National Assembly.

The meeting advised the government to make efforts to obtain $1.5 billion from China by mortgaging shares of government corporations and $800 million reimbursement from the United States under the coalition support fund for war on terror.

The meeting warned that if the government fell into the IMF trap and withdrew subsidy on agriculture, it would have to spend more money on importing food items.

The meeting resolved to make the “Grow More Wheat” campaign a success and demanded that the government make all the purchasing centres for wheat functional in Umerkot, Mirpurkhas, Badin and other areas where wheat was harvested earlier.

The meeting said that keeping in view 35 per cent shortage of water in the system, Irsa should be asked to ensure supply of 11.7 million acre foot water of Sindh’s share.

The meeting stressed the need for safeguarding wheat from the smugglers and disclosing the names of “30 respectable people” involved in the grain’s smuggling as disclosed by the prime minister himself on the floor of the assembly.

The meeting said that sugarcane growers were switching over to other crops largely due to government’s helplessness before PSMA over the past 10 years, which was very dangerous for sugar industry. The sugar mills must start crushing season according to government notification, the meeting demanded.

SCA: The Sindh Chamber of Agriculture warned on Sunday that delay in start of crushing season would seriously affect wheat cultivation and lead to wheat crisis in the coming months.

The senior vice-president of the chamber, Mir Murad Ali Khan Talpur, said at the chamber’s meeting that the government had fixed price of cotton at Rs1,900 per maund but the growers were being forced to sell their produce at Rs400 to Rs500 per maund.

The chamber’s general secretary, Akhund Ghulam Mohammad Siddiqui, complained that open blackmarketing of urea fertiliser had inflicted huge losses on the growers.

Sain Bux Rind said that Pasco’s failure to establish purchase centres for rice had created an opportunity for the rice traders to fleece growers. The government had fixed purchase of Irri-6 at Rs900 per maund but the growers were forced to sell their produce at Rs500 per maund, he said.

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SUGAR IMPORT MAY PUSH UP PRICES TO RS50 (Pakistan)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on October 22, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

by Aftab Maken

ISLAMABAD: Blame game between policy-makers and millers seems to have further pushed up sugar prices in the local market but its supply is expected to be stable next year, sources in the industry and government confided to The News on Monday.

“Current sugar prices are actual rates compared to suppressed prices of last year,” said Secretary General of Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA) K A Qazalbash, adding it would be above and around Rs50 per kg if the government allowed traders to import the sweetener.

About last year’s stock of 5.7 million tonnes, Qazalbash said it was exactly what the association projected and “we requested high officials to allow export of surplus 1.5 million tonnes after keeping 4.2 million tonnes for domestic consumption but they did not allow in order to bring down prices in the local market.”

The stock stood at 1.14 million tonnes on Sept 30 and the PSMA secretary general hoped that it was enough to cater to domestic consumption. Allowing imports for domestic consumption would further push up prices of sugar, he added.

About the increase in consumption, he said sugar consumption in downstream industry, particularly bakeries, had increased manifold while its usage in other industries like beverages and pharmaceutical products had also risen.

Millers were citing causes like sugar smuggling to Afghanistan, lower-than-expected cane production, grim situation in the international commodity market and actual prices in the local market, which might push the prices to above Rs50 per kg for the first time, a high official of the Ministry of Industries and Production said.

Government circles, giving the other side of the story, mainly attributed the current increase in sugar prices to under-invoicing of the commodity and export of nearly one million tonnes to Afghanistan through Chaman. However, figures compiled by the Federal Bureau of Statistics (FBS) showed export of nearly 240,000 tonnes, the official said. Current sugarcane crop is expected to be lower at around 53 million tonnes with sugar production at 3.7 million tonnes.

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