RV Price Avg. price per ton: R4 220.58  D'Factor: 0.401142 final price 2019/20

Sugar Industry News

The landmark Sugar Industry Masterplan gets the go ahead, while SA Canegrowers Chairman, Rex Talmage reports back to growers on the industry's positive contribution and adherence to the COVID-19 lockdown in the country.

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Farming bodies are lobbying the government to halt the sugar tax, pending a full socioeconomic impact study of the controversial levy that is meant to stem the rising tide of obesity.

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Calls from the Healthy Living Alliance to hike tax on sugar-sweetened beverages and extend it to fruit juices are irresponsible say SA Canegrowers Chairman, Rex Talmage.

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An Australian sugar industry study on diversification has shown that growers and millers alike are waiting for opportunities to present themselves before they act. At the same time the sector agrees that ownership and operation of any new technologies or products are likely to remain within the industry itself, rather than attract outside investors

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An advanced range of field monitoring equipment is allowing local farmers to fine-tune growing conditions and maximise yields of their crops, while avoiding potentially catastrophic crop failures as a result of pests or chemical damage.

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Gledhow Sugar Mill production manager Queen Msane overseeing the start of the cane crushing season at the mill last week. General manager Andrew Francis said they expect to crush 1.4 million tons of sugar and produce about 160 000 tons of refined sugar.

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