There are more stories ahead but first let’s take a look at the weekly crop review.
Carmelita Perez - Reporter
June 8th 2014 marked the end of week 20 of the 2013/2014 sugar cane crop season. The report, provided by the Belize Sugar Industries Limited, shows that for week 20 the factory milled thirty eight thousand eight hundred and ninety six tons of cane. To date, the factory has milled a total of nine hundred and ninety eight thousand three hundred and fifty two tons of cane. Last year the factory milled eight hundred and thirty six thousand four hundred and eighty eight tons cane during the same time frame.
Taking a look at sugar production, three thousand three hundred and ninety tons of the sweetener was produced for week 20. An overall of one hundred and five thousand one hundred and thirty six tons of the product have been produced so far. Last year, the factory produced eighty eight thousand six hundred and ninety six tons of sugar during the 20 weeks of crop.
This week the factory worked at a grinding rate of five thousand five hundred and fifty seven tons cane per day. Overall, for the 20 weeks of crop, the grinding rate per day stands at seven thousand three hundred and forty one tons cane. Last crop it was at six thousand one hundred and fifty one tons cane per day.
The report on Cane Quality shows that for week 20, juice purity first express stood at 84.02%, 86.52% during the 20 weeks of crop and 86.30% last year.
This week it took 11.47 tons of cane to produce one ton of sugar. For the 20 weeks of crop TCTS stands at 9.50 while last year it stood at 9.43 for week 20.
As for the sugar extracted from the cane, 95.52% was recorded this week, 95.32% during the 20 weeks of crop and 93.24% last year during the same period.
This week factory time efficiency stood at 91.87%, 95.37% for this crop and 94.21% last crop.
BSI/ASR reports that a substantial decrease in sugar in cane was observed this week which caused a similar decline in the TC/TS ratio.
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