Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The commercial Australian sugarcane industry can trace its roots back to the 1860s. It produces a range of products, such as sugar, molasses, industrial chemicals and, more recently, biofuels. Characterised by a large number of small farms, the industry is predominantly concentrated in Queensland. The industry has continued to evolve in line with the changing structure of the downstream sugar-refining sector. The recent deregulation of the Queensland sugar industry has spurred on change.
Over the five years through 2012-13, Australian sugarcane farmers have battled high industry volatility and adverse growing conditions due to extreme weather patterns, volatile commodity prices and fluctuations in global sugar production... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
The industry displays a very high degree of geographic concentration in line with Australia's climatic conditions. Sugarcane growing tends to be most successful in areas that have plentiful supplies of sunshine and water; at least 1.5 metres of rain per year or access to irrigation. Farmers also need to locate themselves in areas close to sugar processors since the sugar content of cane declines quickly after harvesting. Other factors influencing geographic spread include soil nutrition and flat terrain.
Australia's major sugarcane region spans the coastal and river plains in Queensland and upper New South Wales. The discontinuous belt stretches some 2,100 kilometres from the Clarence River in New South Wales, to Mossman in North Queensland... purchase to read more