After weeks of delay and high tensions the 2014/2015 crop season finally got underway on January 26th after the manufacturer BSI/ASR signed a seven year commercial agreement with three associations. That paved the way for the commencement of the much anticipated crop season which now under full swing. In sight of how important the Sugar Industry Is for the Northern part of the country tonight we bring back our weekly crop review every Wednesday during our newscast.
Carmelita Perez – Reporting
February 1st 2015 marked the end of week 1 of the 2014/2015 sugar cane crop season. The report, provided by the Belize Sugar Industries Limited, shows that for week 1 which started on January 26th, the factory milled forty one thousand seven hundred and eighty four tons of cane. That is five thousand three hundred and eighty four tons less than what was produced last year when the factory milled forty seven thousand one hundred and sixty eight tons of cane during the first week of crop.
Taking a look at sugar production, four thousand four hundred and sixty two tons of the sweetener was produced for week 1. Last year, the factory produced four thousand three hundred and eighty three tons of sugar during the first week of crop.
For the first week of crop the factory worked at a grinding rate of five thousand nine hundred and sixty nine tons cane per day. Last crop the grinding rate stood at six thousand seven hundred and thirty eight tons cane per day.
The report on Cane Quality shows that for week 1, juice purity first express stood at 87.20%, and 85.31% last year.
For the first week of crop it took 9.37 tons of cane to produce one ton of sugar. That is an improvement from last year when it took 10.76 tons of cane to produce one ton of sugar during g the first week of crop.
As for the sugar extracted from the cane, 94.93% was recorded this week and 95.16% last year during the same period.
This week factory time efficiency stood at 93.75% and 90.62% last crop.
Of note is that BSI/ASR is reporting that excellent cane quality has resulted in the all-time best TC/TS for the first week of crop and mud levels are at an acceptable level. Farmers are encouraged to make an effort to keep it low.
Truck drivers are reminded to lose truck straps only when they are about to off load sugar cane on the ramp, spilled over cane cannot be milled. According to BSI there is a planned factory stop to occur on Monday February 9th 2015 at 7:00am to 1:00pm.
Caneros/Caneras recuerden aflohjar las correas de sus camiones cuando ya estan cerca de la rampa. Aflojar las correas antes de tiempo causa mucha cana caida en el patio de cana. Esta cana no llega al Molino y representa una perdida innecesaria.
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