March 20, 2019 / 3:01 PM / 6 months ago

Rabobank sees global sugar deficit of 4.3 million T in 2019/20

FILE PHOTO: Vendors load sugarcane onto a vehicle at a wholesale market in Kolkata, India, October 9, 2018. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Rabobank on Wednesday forecast there would be a global sugar deficit of 4.3 million tonnes in 2019/20 following a small surplus of 1.1 million in the prior season.

The bank, in a quarterly report, said the deficit was driven partly by projected declines in output in India, Thailand and the European Union.

Sugar production in Brazil was, however, expected to rise to between 28.0 and 29.0 million tonnes, from 26.5 million for 2018/19.

Global consumption growth was projected at 1.4 percent in 2019/20.

Raw sugar prices were seen staying between 11.5 cents and 14.0 cents per lb in coming months.

“Below 11.5 cents per lb Indian exports are likely to slow or stop; above 14.0 cents per lb there is likely to be plenty of additional supply from Brazil,” the bank said.

Reporting by Nigel Hunt; Editing by Dale Hudson

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