Despite the incessant rains the 2013/2014 crop season continues full speed ahead. Here is a look at the weekly crop review.
Carmelita Perez – Reporting
June 1st 2014 marked the end of week 19 of the 2013/2014 sugar cane crop season. The report, provided by the Belize Sugar Industries Limited, shows that for week 19 the factory milled forty two thousand one hundred and fifteen tons of cane. To date, the factory has milled a total of nine hundred and fifty nine thousand four hundred and fifty five tons of cane. Last year the factory milled seven hundred and ninety three thousand three hundred and ninety four tons cane during the same time frame.
Taking a look at sugar production, three thousand eight hundred and seventy five tons of the sweetener was produced for week 19. An overall of one hundred and one thousand seven hundred and forty six tons of the product has been produced so far. Last year, the factory produced eighty three thousand seven hundred and twenty four tons of sugar during the 19 weeks of crop.
This week the factory worked at a grinding rate of six thousand sixteen tons cane per day. Overall, for the 19 weeks of crop, the grinding rate per day stands at seven thousand four hundred and thirty eight tons cane. Last crop it was at six thousand one hundred and fifty tons cane per day.
The report on Cane Quality shows that for week 19, juice purity first express stood at 84.55%, 86.57% during the 19 weeks of crop and 86.29% last year.
This week it took 10.87 tons of cane to produce one ton of sugar. For the 19 weeks of crop TCTS stands at 9.43 while last year it stood at 9.48 for week 19.
As for the sugar extracted from the cane, 95.08% was recorded this week, 95.31% during the 19 weeks of crop and 93.30% last year during the same period.
This week factory time efficiency stood at 94.10%, 95.54% for this crop and 94.26% last crop.
BSI/ASR reports that there was a total of 15.12 Hrs. out of cane due to weather. BSI/ASR commends those farmers that even with the adverse weather conditions are bringing clean cane. With the current wet conditions, it is important that harvesting groups keep the mud levels as low as possible.
The miller reminds producers that the lower the mud levels in sugar cane the more cane can be mill per day. Farmers are also reminded to loosen truck straps closer to the dumping table to avoid undue losses of cane in the cane yard.
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