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Britain's sugar beet sector needs gene-edition

Gene-editing could play a key role in England's sugar beet sector, Britain's farming and environment minister George Eustice said on Tuesday, reiterating his support for easing regulations covering the technology. It is reported by Reuters. Eustice told the annual conference of the National Farmers Union that the sugar beet sector has faced major problems this year with virus yellows which is spread by aphid...

 
India exported 2,5 million tonnes of sugar — ISMA

About 2,5 million tonnes of sugar have been contracted for exports so far during the 2020-2021 sugar season, according to the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA). It is reported by The Hindu. In a statement, the association, quoting market reports, said about seven lakh tonnes had been physically exported between October 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021. This in...


In the UK, the need for derogation for the neonicotinoids ban decreased

Significant cold weather in January and February has increased the likelihood that the emergency derogation for the use of a neonicotinoid seed treatment to control virus yellows in sugar beet will not be triggered this season. It is reported by Farmers Weekly. The derogation is based on a Rothamsted virus model predicting that over 9% of the sugar beet crop will be infected with virus yellows by the end of August. It use...

 
In Britain, heavy rainfalls flooded sugar beet fields

Two months of heavy rainfall has left farmers lifting waterlogged sugar beet in Lincolnshire. It is reported by Farmets Weekly. Beet lifted by contractor Richard Ivatt yielded 48 t/ha at 15,5% sugar content, compared with 85 t/ha and more than 17% sugar in an average year at Deeping St Nich...

 
India 2020/2021 sugar output will drop almost 3% — ISMA

India is likely to produce 30,2 million tonnes of sugar in 2020/21, nearly 2,6% lower than previously forecast, after cane field yields and the rate of sugar extracted fell in key states, a leading trade body said on Thursday. It is reported by Reuters. Uttar Pradesh, India’s top sugar producer, is expected to churn out 10,5 million tonnes in the 2020/21 marketing year, which started on Oct. 1, down from a previous...

 
Thai sugar output dropped almost 3%

Thailand’s manufacturing output in December dropped a bigger- than-expected 2.44% from a year earlier as a fresh wave of COVID-19 infections hit business activity, the industry ministry said on Wednesday. It is reported by Reuters. However, the manufacturing production index (MPI) should turn positive in January as the government has quickly taken action to contain the new spread and exports are exp...

 
India 2020/2021 sugar output will rise 13% — ISMA

The Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) has projected sugar output to rise 13% to 31 million tonnes in the 2020-21 marketing year on likely higher availability of sugarcane, as against 27,42 million tonnes last year. It is reported by The Hindu. The country’s sugar output rose by 31% to 14,27 million tonnes in the first three-and-a-half months of the 2020-21 marketing year that started in October, in...

 
Greenpeace calls for a total ban on pesticides

The UK government is facing backlash after it approved the emergency use of a pesticide thought to kill bees. It is reported by EcoWatch. In 2018, the EU widened a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides because of their impact on bees and other pollinators. At the time, the UK government...

 
India brings forward target of 20% ethanol-blending with gasoline

India plans to achieve 20% ethanol-blending with gasoline by 2025, five years ahead of its previous target, to help reduce its dependence on costly oil imports, the government said on Thursday. It is reported by Reuters. Last year the government had set a target of reaching 10% ethanol-blending by 2022 - meaning 10% of ethanol mixed with 90% of gasoline - and 20% by 2030. India is the...

 
UK government approves the use for neonicotinoids for sugar beets

The UK government approved on Jan. 8 the industry's application for the emergency authorization of neonicotinoids on sugar beets for the 2021 season, according to the government's website. It is reported by S&P Global Platts. This will address the threat of the virus yellows on the 2021 sugar beet crop, with the government stating that the protection provided by neonics cannot be...

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