WABCG Home About WABCG Members Publications Links The World Association of Beet and Cane Growers (WABCG) is a specialized body of the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP) and provides the only forum where beet and cane growers can meet internationally to discuss common interests, problems and solutions. WABCG Infoflash News here AMPBCS InfoFlash ici AMPCRA InfloFlash aqui Executive Board  15th Session, London, Monday 25th November 2002 Draft Agenda Projet d'Ordre du jour Orden del dia Provisorio 13th WABCG/ISO Informal Consultations, Draft Agenda 13e Consultation Informelle entre l'AMPBCS/OIS 13ª Consulta Informal entre la AMPCRA/OIA Registration Form Formulaire d'inscription Formulario de inscripcion ================================================== Program of the WABCG Council Meeting, Fiji, July 8-11, 2002 Programme du Conseil IN BRIEF            IN BRIEF              IN BRIEF             IN BRIEF News Sugar price levels are rising, although they remain low by historical levels. At the 12th Informal Consultation between the WABCG and the International Sugar Organization, on November 26, 2001 in London, WABCG President, Mr. Rodger Stewart drew attention to the likely adverse impact of the global economic slowdown on consumption and trade in sugar. The main theme for discussion at this informal consultation was the latest situation after the 4th WTO Ministerial Meeting. Speaking on the likely impact of the Doha declaration on sugar in particular, Mr. Jolly, Senior Economist at the ISO stated that: “After Doha, there is an increased likelihood of sugar becoming a key focus for the agricultural negotiations, and in consequence there could be changes to sugar policy relating the three key pillars of the UR AOA – improving market access, lowering domestic support and removing export subsidies”. In the discussion, most delegates stressed the importance of strengthening “special and differential treatment” for developing countries in the new WTO Round. Further, several countries said that “non-trade concerns” must also be taken into account, as a way of recognising the specificities of different agricultural situations. The next WABCG Council Meeting is set to take place on the island of Fiji, July 8-11, 2002. The theme of the event will be “Managing Change”. For further information about WABCG and its activities, please consult it’s website at: www.ifap.org/wabcg. "Productivity boost needed," says new cape leader: A key challenge for the Australian sugar industry is to restore productivity and profitability in cane growing areas devastated by adverse weather conditions, orange rust and plant pests such as cane grubs, says newly elected growers leader Jim Pedersen. Mr. Pedersen, a Mackay district cane grower yesterday was elected Chairman of CANEGROWERS at the first Board meeting since the organization's three-yearly elections. ...more UK GROWERS CAN ACCESS SUGAR BEET DELIVERIES ONLINE For a "one off" cost of £30 sugar beet growers in the United Kingdom can now get access to ir the data concerning their deliveries to the factories on line. Via a secure internet connection a full analysis of every load delivered is available by 14.30 hours the next day. By post growers normally receive this information on the Wednesday in the week following delivery. AUSTRALIAN GROWERS TO GET   HARVEST INFORMATION ONLINE Mackay Sugar in Australia have announced plans that will enable local cane growers to access farm and harvest information "online". This facility will be available by the start of the next crushing season. Mackay sugar estimates that only a quarter of its 1100 shareholders currently have on line capabilities but it will be offering discounted computer packages, instructions and assistance through a help line. GREEN BOOST FOR MELBOURNE BUSES More than 200,000 commuters in the eastern and southern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia are now travelling on a new environmentally-friendly fuel source, courtesy of the Australian sugar industry. Australia's first pure ethanol fuelled buses went into service in the city with the launch of the Ventura Bus Lines ethanol-powered service at Blackburn Station. The ethanol is produced from sugar cane waste. Alternative fuels form a major plank of Australia's effort to reduce the estimated 72.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide now being pumped into the environment every year.    Last updated 11 October 2002 IFAP