Santiago de Cali, August 24, 2020

Announcement to the public opinion

Grupo Agroindustrial Riopaila Castilla informs that:
● It is not the owner of the Policane product patent at a national or an international level, nor does it have any legal and/or commercial relationship with said patent.

  • It neither owns the patent for the Sukkar and Polisukkar products whose owner is the same person who is applying for the patent for the Policane product.

  • Regarding Sukkar, Riopaila Castilla in 2005 and for a few months, produced and sold concentrated sugar cane juice to the company C.I. Sukkar S.A., owner of said product and its patent associated with the Sukkar brand. Riopaila Castilla did not participate in its commercialization or distribution.

  • The only patent owned by Riopaila Castilla is for an intermediate sugar, which was granted on February 28, 2013 by the SIC. The product associated with this patent was not launched in the market.

  • Riopaila Castilla reaffirms its recognition of the panel sector for what it represents in the country’s economy and the dynamism it generates.

  • In addition, it reiterates that it acts in full compliance with the law and respects Law 40 of 1990, which establishes norms for the protection and development of the production of sugarcane and establishes the quota for the promotion of the sugarcane industry.

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Medicinal Uses of Sugar Cane

Medicinal Uses of Sugar Cane

It is a widely used natural sweetener and its sugar is similar to that produced by sugar beets.

Sugarcane is widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical countries for the sugar it contains in the stems, which are formed by numerous nodes, usually reaching between 3 and 6 m in height and a diameter of between 2 and 6 cm. Cultivated varieties differ in color and height.

Since ancient times it has been cultivated by cuttings; some varieties do not produce fertile seeds. In tropical regions, the growing period is usually between 12 to 18 months, and the crop is harvested between January and August.

Benefits of Sugar Cane

Coughs, tumors, abscesses : Sugar cane without bark (about 100 grams), boiled in a liter of water, until the decoction is reduced to two thirds, soothes colds, coughs, and softens tumors and abscesses.

Drunkenness: To fade the symptoms of drunkenness, eat a few lumps of sugar

Jaundice, kidneys: Eating it roasted acts against jaundice and when you have kidney pains.
Dysentery: The juices of sugar cane are a natural palliative against the symptoms of dysentery.

Burning the sugar cane in the rooms of the sick, produces a soft perspiration at the same time that eliminates bad smells.

Kingdom: Plantaae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Saccharum

Sugar Cane

Nutritional Properties (100g)
Water 79,8% Water
Protein 1.8% Protein 1.8% Fiber
Fiber 9,6% Sucrose 1,9% Sucrose
Sucrose 1,9% Sucrose 1,9% Sucrose 1,9% Sucrose 1,9% Sucrose
Calories 60 Kcal
White Sugar
Nutritional Properties (100g)
Protein 0 g
Fat 0g

Carbohydrates 99,8 g
Fiber 0 g
Sodium 0 g
Potassium 2 g
Vitamin B1 0 U.I
Vitamin B2 0 U.I
Niacin 0 mg
Calories 400 Kcal

Source : www.misabueso.com


Saccharum Officinarium

Sugar cane is one of the oldest crops in the world, it is believed that it started about 3.000 years ago as a type of lawn on the island of New Guinea and from there it spread to Borneo, Sumatra and India.

The sugar process was first heard of in India as early as 3,000 B.C. A local legend in the Solomon Islands says that the ancestors of the human race were generated from a cane stalk. A crown made of sugar cane is described in the Atharvaveda, a sacred book of the Hindus, written about 800 B.C. The Greek general Nearchus, who accompanied Alexander the Great to India in the 4th century B.C., tells of a sugarcane that produced ‘honey’ without the help of bees.

Christopher Columbus introduced sugarcane to America on his second voyage (1493) to la Isla de La Española, but they did not prosper. Only in 1501 plants that did grow were introduced. The success of the sugar plantations in Santo Domingo led to its cultivation throughout the Caribbean and South America.


In Colombia it was first planted in Santa María La Antigua del Darién in 1510. Pedro de Heredia, founder of Cartagena, introduced sugarcane to the Atlantic Coast around 1533 and later Sebastián de Belalcázar, founder of Santiago de Cali, planted it in El Valle del Cauca during his stay in Yumbo in 1541. Around 1550 three sugar mills were founded on the banks of the Amaime River and from this region sugar and honey were sent to Panama in 1588. By 1721 there were 33 sugar mills in operation in El Valle del Cauca. The sugar cane cultivated at that time was called criolla, originating from the canes introduced by the Spaniards. During his visit to our country, the German scholar Alexander Humboldt recommended the Tahiti or Otahiti variety to the landowners of El Valle del Cauca, which was introduced to El Valle del Cauca between 1802 and 1808 and spread throughout the Colombian territory.

An important step in the sugar development of El Valle del Cauca was the establishment by Santiago Eder in 1867 of a mill of 3 horizontal masses, driven by an iron wheel that rotated with the impulse of the waters of the Nima River. It can be said that the modern Colombian sugar industry began on January 1, 1901, with the inauguration in Palmira of the white granulated sugar factory of the current Manuelita sugar mill with centrifuges and steam equipment imported from Scotland, which increased the milling capacity to 50 tons of cane every twelve hours.

In 1926, the Central Azucarero del Valle sugar mill was founded, known since then as Ingenio Providencia, with a milling capacity of 500 tons of cane in 24 hours, under the management of Modesto Cabal Galindo. In 1928, the Riopaila sugar mill began production, under the work of Hernando Caicedo. In the decade from 1930 to 1939, the following mills appeared in Valle del Cauca: Mayagüez by decision of Nicanor Hurtado; Bengala of José Mejía; Perodías of the Restrepo Plata brothers; La Industria of Francisco Caldas and María Luisa of Ignacio Posada. The region became the largest producer of centrifuged sugar in Colombia.

The country was still a sugar importer. The Valle del Cauca region had become the largest sugar producer in the country. In the decade from 1940 to 1949 new entrepreneurs set up sugar mills.


It belongs to the grass family, with a woody stem, about two meters high, long, hairless leaves and purple flowers in a pyramidal panicle. The stem is filled with a spongy, sweet tissue from which sugar is extracted.

Source: Procaña


The multiple uses of sugar cane

After almost five centuries of being used only to produce sugar and a few minor products, such as brandy, alcohol and molasses, sugarcane in Brazil became the source of an infinite number of derivatives and the subject of numerous scientific and technological research projects.

Ethanol (obtained from the fermentation of sugars) has grown as another main product in the last three decades, dividing with sugar the sucrose extracted in the mills. But now it is the waste products, such as bagasse, straw and vinasse, that are gaining prominence.

Vinasse, the effluent from ethanol distillation, will feed the microscopic algae that will produce biodiesel in a few years, according to a project of the Agricultural Sciences Center (CCA) of the Federal University of São Carlos, in Araras, located 170 kilometers from São Paulo.

Its many nutrients will accelerate the proliferation of algae that are rich in fatty acids to produce biofuels

In addition, fertilizers will be produced, since “the algae sequester up to 64 percent of the potassium present in the vinasse,” Octavio Valsechi, head of CCA’s Agroindustrial Technology Department, told IPS.

Another advantage is that it avoids the monoculture of oilseeds on extensive lands. The question is whether its cost will not be higher than that of biodiesel made from vegetable oils.

Bagasse is increasingly being used to generate electricity in the sugar mills themselves. But a biomass gasification center, to be built in the next three years in Piracicaba, 160 kilometers from São Paulo, offers more promising prospects.
Coal is already being gasified in the world, but biomass technology will only now be tested on an industrial scale

The increasing mechanization of the harvest, which will cover the entire crop in the state of São Paulo, where 60 percent of the national production takes place, as of 2014, means that the sugarcane straw will no longer be burned. But the best way to collect it in the field is still being studied.

“You can get out of sugarcane everything that oil produces,” Tadeu Andrade, director of the Sugarcane Technology Center (CTC), told IPS.

Its vinasse, rich in potassium, fertilizes its replanting as well as the residues left in the industry’s filters and the straw left on the soil, he said, although he later acknowledged that it is necessary to supplement it with chemical fertilizers.

The sugarcane broth, before becoming sugar or ethanol, is a substrate for multiplying microorganisms that serve a number of products, from polymers that regenerate bones, food, medicines and various cosmetics, and even blood plasma, said Valsechi, lamenting the shortage of researchers for the enormous demand for sugarcane.

The road to hydrogen energy could also lie in sugarcane, he said. Alcohol chemistry” is already well advanced in Brazil, and a large petrochemical company produces plastics called “green”, because they are biodegradable.

The sugarcane can also be used to make a type of aviation fuel. Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica, a major manufacturer of small and medium-sized passenger and military airplanes, announced a test flight in 2012 with a biokerosene-powered aircraft.

This diversification of sugarcane products, promoting scientific knowledge of their potential, originated in the National Alcohol Program (Proalcohol), launched in 1975 to substitute gasoline and reduce oil imports, the price of which had quadrupled in 1973.

Since then, the Brazilian sugarcane harvest has increased sevenfold, mitigating oil pressure, but generating other problems that require solutions. Vinasse, for example, was an environmental disaster at the beginning of Proalcohol. Spilled in rivers, it killed millions of fish in the 1980s by depriving them of oxygen.

Ethanol production from sugarcane is still being prevented in many Latin American countries, whose already potassium-rich soils and shallow water tables are at risk of being contaminated by “fertigation”, admitted Valsechi, an agronomist dedicated to sugarcane since his graduation in 1980.

The varieties developed by the network, identified by the acronym RB, now cover 60 percent of Brazil’s sugarcane area and have contributed to raising productivity to 85 tons per hectare, with cases of up to 150 tons, said Vieira. Thirty-five years ago, an average of 50 tons per hectare was not reached.

Source: www.180.com.uy