There are more stories ahead but first let’s take a look at the weekly crop review.
Carmelita Perez – Reporting
June 22nd 2014 marked the end of week 22 of the 2013/2014 sugar cane crop season. The report, provided by the Belize Sugar Industries Limited, shows that for week 22 the factory milled fifty one thousand eight hundred and ninety five tons of cane. To date, the factory has milled a total of one million ninety eight thousand thirty seven tons of cane. Last year the factory milled nine hundred and twenty nine thousand four hundred and sixty three tons cane during the same time frame.
Taking a look at sugar production, four thousand three hundred and four tons of the sweetener was produced for week 22. An overall of one hundred and thirteen thousand six hundred and forty eight tons of the product have been produced so far. Last year, the factory produced ninety nine thousand nine hundred and seventy tons of sugar during the 22 weeks of crop.
This week the factory worked at a grinding rate of seven thousand four hundred and fourteen tons cane per day. Overall, for the 22 weeks of crop, the grinding rate per day stands at seven thousand three hundred and twenty tons cane. Last crop it was at six thousand one hundred and ninety six tons cane per day.
The report on Cane Quality shows that for week 22, juice purity first express stood at 81.57%, 86.13% during the 22 weeks of crop and 86.66% last year.
This week TCTS was high, the highest that we have seen for the crop as it 12.06 tons of cane to produce one ton of sugar. For the 22 weeks of crop TCTS stands at 9.66 while last year it stood at 9.30 for week 22.
As for the sugar extracted from the cane, 94.80% was recorded this week, 95.28% during the 22 weeks of crop and 93.22% last year during the same period.
This week factory time efficiency stood at 94.09%, 95.17% for this crop and 94.19% last crop.
BSI/ASR reports that there was a considerable drop in the sugar in cane which contributed to the increase in the TC/TS ratio. The poor quality cane resulted in less sugar and more molasses being produced. With this in mind, farmers are encouraged to control the over burning of cane and deliver cane as fresh as possible to the Factory.
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