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S. Africa’s cane growers blame sugar imports for revenue loss


The South African Cane Growers Assassination (SACGA) said it has suffered massive revenue and sales losses due to imported sugar being dumped into the local market.

In an interview with Xinhua, SACGA’s chairperson Graeme Stainbank said the sector lost 2 billion Rand (141million U.S. dollars) in 2017/18 financial year which has prompted the group to call for government’s intervention.

“The financial impact is massive. For every ton of sugar that is imported, the local industry has to export the same volume on the dumped world market, at prices well below the cost of production,” he said.

He said several countries including those in the European Union (EU) were responsible for dumping sugar into the local industry.

He said there were significant volumes of duty free sugar imports impact them from Swaziland.

Stainbank said their members suffered the losses on the back of the drought, saying if there’s no intervention more sugar cane growers would be forced out of business.

Trade and Industry department spokesperson Sidwell Medupe said, “both the association and the department agree that there’s a need to urgently address the potential threats associated with increasing replacement of local sugar with imports.”

Medupe said South Africa’s sugar sector must “diversify” its products to increase its revenue and sustainability. Enditem



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