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Using enzymatic technology to revitalize sugar industry

Bogor | Wed, July 12, 2017 | 10:38 am
Using enzymatic technology to revitalize sugar industry Field workers harvest sugarcane to have it ready for crushing in Purwosekar village in Malang, East Java. The cane will be sold either to brown sugar makers or large sugar factories, depending on its quality. Better quality cane will fetch a better price among brown sugar makers. (JP/Aman Rochman)

PREMIUM At the end of 2016, the Indonesian government announced the closing of at least 10 sugar factories in East Java by the end of 2017. The reason for this decision, viewed from a purely technocratic perspective, was the inefficiency of extracting sugar from sugarcane. Many of those factories had been operating since the Dutch colonial period at the beginning of the 20th century and were said to la...

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