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Sugarcane Milling

Advancing sugarcane agriculture and sugar processing!

Welcome to SASTA

The South African Sugar Technologists’ Association (SASTA) promotes the exchange of scientific knowledge related to sugarcane agriculture and sugar milling practice.

The Association’s Annual Congress is a premier event which receives significant recognition from both within South Africa and internationally. During the congress, high quality scientific papers and presentations showcase significant scientific and technological advancements in the industry. The Trade Exhibition associated with the congress serves as a platform for meaningful engagement with various service providers in the sugar industry.

Exchange of scientific knowledge also takes place during SASTA roadshows, working groups, field events, workshops and visits to farms and factories.

Established in 1926, SASTA operates under the aegis of the South African Sugar Association, but is governed under its own constitution by a council elected by its members. SASTA’s offices are situated on premises of the South African Sugarcane Research Institute (SASRI) at Mount Edgecombe, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.



The 2019 ISSCT Congress takes place in Tucumán, Argentina
from 31 August – 8 September 2019.
Visit the Congress website by selecting the image above.


The 91st SASTA Congress took place from
14-16th August 2018 at the ICC, Durban.


The SASTA membership categories and terms are stipulated in SECTION 6 of the SASTA Constitution.   Membership of SASTA is available to anyone involved in the sugar industry, but is restricted to those resident within the borders of South Africa. Although SASTA no longer accepts members from outside the borders of South Africa, non-members are welcome to participate in SASTA Congresses and other functions at a non-member rate.

Congress Proceedings

In its quest to promote the exchange of scientific knowledge related to sugarcane agriculture and sugar milling practice, SASTA grants free access to the proceedings of its annual congress.

Please note that SASTA holds the copyright to these publications. Furthermore, information presented does not constitute professional, technical, financial or other advice to the user of these publications.

International Visitors’ Grants

SASTA provides grants (both in the field of agriculture and milling) to fund research visits by international experts. Members of SASTA who are interested to apply for this grant are welcome to submit an application form.

Grant applications have no deadlines and can be received at any time, but certain criteria have to be met.

2018/2019 Season Estimates


Sugarcane Crush


Saleable Sugar Production


Sugarcane Crush


Saleable Sugar Production