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Jan 5, 2021

Sugar Industry Put on Pause Due to Inclement Weather

Production within the sugar industry has been put on pause. That’s because on Monday stakeholders decided to suspend harvesting and delivery of sugar cane to the B.S.I. factory at Tower Hill.  This inevitably pulls the plug on milling for the time being, as the delivery of cane has hit an all-time low due to recent rains in the north.  The factory requires approximately five thousand tons of cane every day to operate efficiently and farmers have been struggling to make that quota. Close to one thousand farmers from both the Corozal and Orange Walk districts have been experiencing difficulty harvesting and delivering their crops.  Chairman of the Sugar Industry Control Board, Marcos Osorio has been meeting with stakeholders and says that the quality of the cane is also a factor.

 

On the Phone:  Marcos Osorio, Chairman, S.I.C.B.

“And we had seen so much as four inches of rain that had accumulated over thirty six to forty eight hours. We had an estimate of about nine thousands of tons of cane that were already burnt prior to the rain. Then we started experiencing shortage in supply of cane to the mill as a result of the rains and the challenge at the field in terms of field conditions. So as a result of that we have been under constant meeting, consultations with farmers, consultation with leaders, consultation with the mill to see how best we can manage the present situation with the primary objective of ensuring that every farmer that has cane burnt in able to deliver to the mill. Also as a result of the inclement weather there is a huge impact in terms of cane quality. Yesterday we made a decision in the afternoon that based on the estimates we foresee that we will need to receive cane at least for another thirty-six to forty-eight hours to get all the cane that are already burnt in the field.”


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