If At First Subsidies Don’t Succeed, Subsidize, Subsidize Again

India’s sugar industry has become the poster child for government handouts lately. But it keeps complaining no matter how much subsidy it receives.

When first confronted by domestic surpluses and global prices deflated by Brazilian and Thai¬†subsidies, India’s government stepped in to ease the pain. In March, it announced $90 million in¬†WTO-illegal export subsidies to help sugar producers offload their excess.