There are more stories ahead but first let’s take a look at week 12 of the 2013/2014 crop review.


cropCarmelita Perez - Reporter


April 13th 2014 marked the end of week 12 of the 2013/2014 sugar cane crop season. The report, provided by the Belize Sugar Industries Limited, shows that for week 12 the factory milled fifty six thousand four hundred and seventy six tons of cane. To date, the factory has milled a total of six hundred and fourteen thousand four hundred and fifty four tons of cane. Last year the factory milled a four hundred and seventy seven thousand three hundred and ninety eight tons cane during the same 12 week period.


Taking a look at sugar production, six thousand six hundred and sixty seven tons of the sweetener was produced for week 12. An overall of sixty five thousand nine hundred and twenty eight tons of the product has been produced so far. Last year the factory produced forty seven thousand six hundred and twenty eight tons of sugar.


This week the factory worked at a grinding rate of eight thousand sixty eight tons cane per day. Overall, for the 11weeks of crop, the grinding rate per day stands at seven thousand six hundred and eighty one tons cane. Last crop it was at five thousand nine hundred and sixty seven tons cane per day.


The report on Cane Quality shows that for week ten, juice purity first express stood at 86.93%, 86.9% during the 12 weeks of crop and 85.52% last year.


This week it took 8.47 tons of cane to produce one ton of sugar. For the 12 weeks of crop TCTS stands at 9.32 while last year it stood at 10.02.


As for the sugar extracted from the cane, 95.59% was recorded this week, 95.43% during the 12 weeks of crop and 93.56% last year during the same period.


This week factory time efficiency stood at 96.25%, 95.5% for this crop and 94.8% last crop.


Of note is that the targeted milling figure for the week was exceeded by over 8,000 tons cane.  It is also important to report that TC/TS ratio continues well as a result of good cane quality and sugar extraction.


The next planned stop of milling operations will be for Good Friday. Cane will be received on Thursday 17th April up to 10:00pm. Cane deliveries will resume on Saturday 19th April at 10:00am.

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