Though it was delayed for close to two months due to the stalemate between the Belize Sugar Industries Limited and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, the 2013/2014 crop season is finally underway. What repercussions the delay will have is no yet known but what we can tell you tonight is that the miller and the producer are working hand in hand in order for the crop to be a successful one. The crop has entered its third week and figures for the second week show that up to February 2nd a total of seventy thousand three hundred and ten tons of cane has been milled. In efforts of keeping Northenos informed about the progress of the crop season tonight we kick off our weekly crop review.
Carmelita Perez- Reporting
Week 2 of the 2013/2014 sugar cane crop season began on January 27th and ended on February 2nd 2014. Figures show that since the beginning of the crop season on January 24th to February 2nd the factory has milled a total of seventy thousand three hundred and ten tons of cane. Last year during the same time frame the factory milled ninety four thousand eight hundred and fourteen tons of cane.
Taking a look at sugar production, so far six thousand six hundred and six tons of sugar has been produced. That’s less than last year when eight thousand eight hundred and fourteen tons of sugar was produced during the same lapse of time. This week’s sugar production stood at four thousand nine hundred and four tons of sugar.
This week it took 10.59 tons of cane to produce one ton of sugar. During the 2 weeks of crop it has taken 10.83 tons of cane to produce one ton of sugar while last year’s TCTS stood at 10.82.
As for the sugar found in the cane 10.97% was recorded this week, 10.83% during the 2 weeks of crop and 10.82% last year during the same time frame. Juice Brix, or total solids in juice, stood at 15.77% this week, 15.63% during the last 2 weeks of crop and 15.76% last year.
Figures also show that for the past 2 weeks of crop a total of three thousand five hundred and seventy three tons of mud have been extracted from the cane. This week mud extraction stood at two thousand eight hundred and eighty six tons.
This week the factory worked at a grinding rate of three hundred and thirty tons cane per hour. Overall, for the two weeks of crop, the grinding rate stands at three hundred and thirty one tons cane per hour.
It is important to note that the targeted milling figure has exceeded by over 5,000 metric tons and TC/TS ratio is improving and is already better than last year.
To ensure representative quality testing, all test groups are advised to comply with the chain/dumper to straps ratio. It is expected that a scheduled stop will take place from 7:00am to 1:00pm on Monday February 10th to change knives and hammers. During this period there will be no delivery of cane.
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