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Another Bailout Package for Sugar Sector The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved a third package to bail out the sugar industry. Worth $758 million, it includes a freight subsidy for sugar exports of up to 5 MMT and $1.89/MT on cane crushed in 2018/19. The first package, valued at $1.16 billion, was announced in June 2018 and included loans at a lower rate of interest. The second package provided soft loans for investment in ethanol production facilities, a higher ethanol price for blending and the storage cost for 3 MMT of sugar. 2017/18 has been an unprecedented sugar year (October-September). Due to high production of 32 MMT, stable demand at 25-26 MMT and higher carryover stocks, the sugar industry was unable to...

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On behalf of a Canadian oilseed processer WPI's team provided market analysis, econometric modeling and financial due diligence in support of a $24 million-dollar investment in a Ukrainian crush plant. Consistent with WPI's findings, local production to supply the plant and the facility's output have expanded exponentially since the investment. WPI has conducted parallel work on behalf of U.S., South American and European clients, both private and public, in the agri-food space.

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