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Mar 3, 2023

What’s the Status of the 2022-2023 Sugar Crop?

What’s the status of the 2022 Sugar Crop Season? It’s been sixty-three days since milling began, but according to A.S.R./B.S.I.’s Cane Farmer Relations Manager Olivia Avilez, the mill’s report up to Thursday indicates that three hundred and fifty thousand, eight hundred and thirty-four tons of cane have been processed so far. This is over fifty-seven thousand tons more than last year. Thirty-two thousand, five hundred and sixty-one tons of sugar have been produced, but there are issues with cane quality. Avilez breaks down the challenges.


Olivia Avilez

Olivia Avilez, Cane Farmer Relations Manager, A.S.R./B.S.I.

“One of the challenges that we do have with the crop is that it is a bit younger than last year given we started a bit earlier. We do have some stand-over that we are dealing with at this time. Farmers had a challenge at the forefront of this crop to be able to get to those stand-over due to wet conditions and also the bad state of the sugar roads. So they were unable to get to those. They are just starting to get to those at this time now that it is dry and getting through that cane is lower quality. Of course we had this is after the blockade that we started a later crop. So, the crop this year, we are trying to put it back into cycle. Remember we should be starting a crop from December to around June and that’s more or less the maturity of the sugar cane. So those are some of the key parameters on sugar cane at this time and the crop. We are milling fairly well; our effective grinding rate is going well at this time.”

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