There are more stories ahead but first let’s take a look at the weekly crop review.

BSI00011Carmelita Perez – Reporting

April 20th 2014 marked the end of week 13 of the 2013/2014 sugar cane crop season. The report, provided by the Belize Sugar Industries Limited, shows that for week 13 the factory milled forty thousand eight hundred and sixty tons of cane. To date, the factory has milled a total of six hundred and fifty five thousand two hundred and forty five tons of cane. This is one hundred and thirty four thousand seven hundred and sixty four tons cane more than what was milled last year during the same 13 week period.

Taking a look at sugar production, four thousand five hundred and ninety nine tons of the sweetener was produced for week 13. An overall of seventy thousand five hundred and twenty seven tons of the product has been produced so far. Last year the factory produced fifty two thousand three hundred and fifteen tons of sugar during the 13 weeks of crop.

This week the factory worked at a grinding rate of six thousand eight hundred and three tons cane per day. Overall, for the 13 weeks of crop, the grinding rate per day stands at seven thousand five hundred and thirty two tons cane. Last crop it was at five thousand nine hundred and eighty three tons cane per day.

The report on Cane Quality shows that for week 13, juice purity first express stood at 86.29%, 86.8% during the 13 weeks of crop and 85.76% last year.

This week it took 8.88 tons of cane to produce one ton of sugar. For the 13 weeks of crop TCTS stands at 9.29 while last year it stood at 9.95 for week 13.

As for the sugar extracted from the cane, 95.52% was recorded this week, 95.44% during the 13 weeks of crop and 93.53% last year during the same period.This week factory time efficiency stood at 94.83%, 95.46% for this crop and 95.06% last crop.

Of note is that the targeted milling figure for the week was exceeded by over 4,000 tons cane.  This week though, BSI reports that cane quality was lower than last week as a result of the rainfall received and an oversupply of cane.

According to BSI’s report, cane supply over the Easter holidays was good and in line with targets.

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