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Sugar association blames
climate change for production
drop

Indonesia’s sugarcane production volume is expected to be down by 30 percent this year due to climate related impacts, an association says.

“The sugarcane production decreased by up to 30 percent in 2011 due to climate change that has occurred since 2009,” Indonesian Sugarcane Farmers Association (APTRI) chairman Arum Sabil said on Wednesday, as quoted by tribunnews.com.

He said that this year’s sugarcane production forecast had been revised from 2.8 million tons to 2.3 million tons due to climate change.

Arum said that sugarcane farmers had suffered total losses of nearly Rp 1,000 (11 US cents) per kilogram at auctions compared to last year, as sugarcane prices were down to Rp 8,300 per kilogram this year, from Rp 9,300 per kilogram in 2010.

He said that the price had been driven lower by an increased amount of refined sugar for food and beverages circulating in the market.

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