Belize has been ranked as the top sugar producer in the region. The announcement was made by the Sugar Association of the Caribbean, SAC. The report indicates that in April, Belize produced more sugar with 28,289 tons. Guyana followed with a little over 26 thousand tons, Jamaica with a little over 25 thousand tons and Barbados with 3, 173 tons. The total regional production is at 84, 150 thousand tons for April. In this sugar crop, the total regional production stands at 393,357 thousand tons of sugar. The SAC says it continues to focus on overseas markets with year-to-date exports to Europe totaling 220,309 tons, followed by 30,259 tons to the United States and 17,484 tons to CARICOM. The report also indicates that Jamaica has topped the regional production in February and March this year but adds that there are challenges affecting production in that country. In Belize and Guyana however, production is reported as going well. Meanwhile, Barbados has just started production. Along with the report, the SAC reports that the Association is well advanced in achieving its goal to boost supply to the CARICOM market and expect this trend to continue.
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