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Dec 7, 2015

Cane Delivery Off to a Slow Start

Traditionally, on the first day of crop cane trucks and tractors-trailers are lined up to weigh in and deliver. Today was different, with trucks trickling in to the point where the factory could not start milling until almost midday instead of early morning. There are many factors which contributed to the very slow start, including the rains, the roads and of course, the repercussions of two long delayed crops.


Jose Novelo, Chairman, Sugar Cane Production Committee

“It is a function of the wet period. We’re having a slow start so to speak in terms of delivery, but we expect that this will improve. Generally speaking, with the weather patterns that have changed over the last three years, December January have been pretty wet. But as an industry, we had no choice but to try to start as early as possible because of all the stand over plant cane that was left in the field, all the stand over rattoon, all the new cane fields that have started to come. We have to bring this industry back to its normal cycle where we start milling either in late November or early December depending on the weather conditions. But it is important that we start early so that we can finish under good weather conditions because June and July will obviously be even wetter than what we are experiencing right now.”


Jose Novelo

Mike Rudon

“Sir, in terms of the sugar roads, when do you think we will reach a point where you realize that we need to do good roads for the sugar roads because every year there is some program to at least fix them a little bit, but every year it is a problem and it is a problem for the farmers to deliver their sugar cane?”


Jose Novelo

“It is one of those issues that we are going to cover under the strategic development plan. You might be aware that with development, there are more roads that are opened and with the heavy vehicles on the roads, what we know is that the roads themselves tend to get damage pretty fast.”

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