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Jan 7, 2021

High Mud/Soil Content Affecting Sugar Production

Nolberto Avilez

Today our news team found acres of sugar cane still underwater, and with a forecast for more rain to come on Friday, conditions are not favourable for harvesting. The problem is that typically drenched cane fields equate to high mud content.  Industrial Operations Superintendent for the Milling Plant at A.S.R./B.S.I., Nolberto Avilez, breaks it down.


Nolberto Avilez, Industrial Operations Superintendent, Milling Plant, A.S.R./B.S.I.

“A high mud content in cane or soil in cane; what it will do is wear and tear the equipment, especially at this time where we have just come out of repairs.  Another big thing that it does is reduces the efficiency of our power plant because then you do not have the high calorific value of the bagasse. And the mud being inside the bagasse reduces the calorific value and reduces the efficiency of the power plant from which the milling plant depends to generate steam for power production which we use for exportation as a revenue and also for the generation of steam for running the milling plant. The higher the percent of mud in cane, it will affect our milling efficiency, our milling rate, the clarification of our juice. That will lead to the deterioration of material in the boiling house; it will reduce and affect the quality of our product, especially our direct consumption sugar.”

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