Selling into weakness at decade lows is seldom a winning strategy

The #11 world sugar market has trended lower throughout most of 2019. The bears have been chasing a surplus crop in India as well as lower quality stocks of Thai raw exports that have caused weakness in nearby tape. Compounding the move lower, speculative [...]

Corn starch bioplastics could be useful in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leading an effort to ban plastics in India. On Oct. 2, plastic bags, cups, plates, small bottles, straws, and other single-use plastic packaging will become banned in India, according to multiple sources. Modi’s goal is to ban single-use plastics [...]

India sugar export subsidy, ethanol price hike approved

Export subsidy policy continued: India’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved an export subsidy of Rs. 10,448 per MT (around US$6.63 cents per cwt) for 2019/20 exports. Total cost is officially estimated at Rs. 62.68 billion (more than US$875 million). Despite objections—WTO complaints—from [...]

India reserve sugar stocks, double down on subsidies?

India’s government may not just maintain current export subsidies but expand them to cover other shipping and marketing costs, according to off-record sources. The main impetus for the move, of course, is the desire to reduce domestic sugar stocks and support sugar pricing, the [...]

Pain as India’s monsoon drags its feet

On the heels of deficient pre-monsoon rains for India, an already delayed monsoon may have been further slowed and weakened by the now-dissipated Cyclone Vayu. As of most recent reporting by the India Meteorological Department (colloquially, “Met”), the monsoon has reached less than 15 [...]

Pongamia may be good oilseed crop for Florida

California-based TerViva has patented high-yielding pongamia trees that can yield up to ten times more oil and three times more protein per acre compared to soybeans (according to the TerViva research). Also, these trees require little to moderate amounts of water, fertilizer, pesticides, and [...]