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    Australia is to supply the Soviet Union with sugar for the first time - the latest expansion of multi-million-dollar industry located in the North-East coastal area.

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    Australia is to supply the Soviet Union with sugar for the first time - the latest expansion of multi-million-dollar industry located in the North-East coastal area.

    Australia is to ship 115,000 tons of sugar to its new customer, in a deal worth more than 13 million Australian dollars. This compares with sales over the past few years to the United States, one of Australia's most valued customers, of between 170,000 and 101,000 tons.

    This film shows aspects of the Australian sugar industry near Cairns and Mackay, key Queensland outlets.

    SYNOPSIS: Sugar in Australia is harvested over huge tracts of lush tropical country where sunshine and rainfall blend to make conditions perfect for the cane.

    Before the ripe cane is ready for harvesting and transporting to the mills, dry leaves, weeds and other trash are removed, by burning. In spite of the intense heat the sugar is unaffected. But unless it is harvested within 24 hours it will begin to deteriorate.

    The sugar-cane harvester, an Australian development, has speeded the operation tremendously. Almost gone now are the days when the cane was out with a hand-knife. For a hundred years steam served the sugar industry well in transporting the cane to the mills. But now diesel power is taking on the job. About 7 tons of cane are needed to make one ton of raw sugar.

    The cane is chopped and shredded, before being passed through a series of heavy rollers, grooved to achieve maximum juice extraction.

    Frequent samples are taken to check the rate and quality of crystal growth.

    When ready, the batch is released.

    Raw sugar is not intended for table use. After holding in huge bins, it is carried to refineries around the world for final processing. It is destined for the vast bulk storage sheds of the coastal ports.

    The sheds at Mackay alone can hold 420,000 tons of raw sugar. Sugar for export, a thousand tons per hour. The amount exported is governed by International Agreement., but the new Soviet sale blazes and important trail in a new market. With price levels increasing all the time, the climate is set fair for Australian sugar.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7ST2XB1W60NY27X7X3X5GGZGY
    Media URN:
    VLVA7ST2XB1W60NY27X7X3X5GGZGY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/01/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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