America: Demand to increase sugar imports

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Washington: Eight senators have written a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on February 27 asking the U. S. Department of Agriculture to increase import of refined sugar to ensure the adequate supply considering shortage this season.

America is facing sugar shortage following bad weather last year in the Midwest, freeze in Louisiana and drought in Mexico, says the Hagstorm Report. The industrial sugar prices are rising due to its shortage with rates reaching several cents above-average price.

The senators have stated in a letter that the adverse weather in the Midwestern and south-eastern U.S. has affected domestic sugar harvest in 2019 and the projected cane and beet sugar is to decrease by 8.5 per cent and 10 per cent respectively compared to an earlier year.

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