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


sugarCarmelita Perez – Reporting


May 4th 2014 marked the end of week 15 of the 2013/2014 sugar cane crop season. The report, provided by the Belize Sugar Industries Limited, shows that for week 15 the factory milled fifty thousand three hundred and forty tons of cane. To date, the factory has milled a total of seven hundred and sixty four thousand six hundred and forty two tons of cane. Last year the factory milled six hundred and thirteen thousand forty six tons cane during the same time frame.


Taking a look at sugar production, five thousand four hundred and ninety one tons of the sweetener was produced for week 15. An overall of eighty two thousand six hundred and thirty five tons of the product has been produced so far. Last year, the factory produced sixty two thousand eight hundred and two tons of sugar during the 15 weeks of crop.


This week the factory worked at a grinding rate of seven thousand one hundred and ninety one tons cane per day. Overall, for the 15 weeks of crop, the grinding rate per day stands at seven thousand five hundred and seventy one tons cane. Last crop it was at six thousand seventy tons cane per day.


The report on Cane Quality shows that for week 15, juice purity first express stood at 86%, 86.83% during the 15 weeks of crop and 86.03% last year. This week it took 9.17 tons of cane to produce one ton of sugar. For the 15 weeks of crop TCTS stands at 9.25 while last year it stood at 9.76 for week 15.


As for the sugar extracted from the cane, 95.03% was recorded this week, 95.39% during the 15 weeks of crop and 93.47% last year during the same period. This week factory time efficiency stood at 90.5%, 95.17% for this crop and 95.21% last crop.


Of note is that the targeted milling figure for the week was exceeded by over 2,000 tons cane. According to BSI/ASR cane quality was lower than last week as a result of the 3.21 inches of rainfall (as recorded at the Tower Hill Weather Station received on Saturday May 3rd which had an adverse effect on the TC/TS ratio.  Farmers are reminded to target for harvest at this time, low lying fields that will not be accessible once the rainy season starts.

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