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Jan 5, 2021

A.S.R./B.S.I. Says Cane Not Lost

Mac McLachlan

The primary factors that have affected the delivery of cane to the factory include the recent weather, deteriorated sugar roads and low cane quality. For the factory to run efficiently farmers would have to deliver at least forty-eight thousand, seven hundred tons of cane.  In the past eight days, however, only thirty-four thousand, six hundred tons of cane has been delivered. Vice President of International Relations for A.S.R./B.S.I Mac McLachlan says that during this difficult period the crop has not been lost and the shutting down of the mill is not expected to affect the final tally at the end of the crop.


Mac McLachlan, VP, International Relations, A.S.R./B.S.I

“Since we started this crop for a whole range of different reasons we’ve been unable to do get to that point. For example in the first eight days of the crop, that five and half thousand tons operational requirement should have been forty-four thousand tons of cane but we have only received thirty-four thousand six hundred tons of cane. The actual cane requirement that we had called up which is higher that the operation bottom line was about forty eight thousand seven hundred tons and again we only received thirty four thousand six hundred. Now there comes a point where that leads to a number of problem. One the mill has to keep stopping and starting because it cannot just handle the low throughput. Second pint, again linked to the weather and also linked to coordination of deliveries. There have been certain amounts of impurities coming in with the cane increasing swell as it rains more mud and other things that the mill needs to manage in addition to just the cane supply. Finally the other issue is that the end of the process bagasse is left behind and is used to basically keep the boilers burning and you need to kind of have a ratio of that to manage the crop as you move forward.  It is in everyone’s interest to have fresh cane with high sugar content which equates to higher payment for farmers. So it is in everyone interest for this to work properly.   I think it is important to recognize that that cane has been lost. It just has not been ground yet. It will be ground. So, the total volume of cane won’t change and the total amount of sugar produced won’t change. It is just a matter of how long it takes to do that. And the ones who I think can suffer most from that is the mill because obviously we have to run the mill inefficiently but to your point this isn’t a financial lost. This is at least from a point of cane supply it just means that the crop would have gone a little bit longer than it would have done otherwise.”

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