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Cuba: Sugar harvest behind schedule

Cuba: Sugar harvest behind scheduleHAVANA, Cuba, Mar 13 (ACN) Julio García Pérez, president of the Azcuba Business Group announced that so far in the current sugar cane harvest that started last November less sugarcane has been milled than planned and the plan is 82% complete.

Among the causes of this non-compliance, he pointed out breaks and interruptions in the industry associated, for example, with turbo generators and boilers, the late arrival of imported elements such as parts and tires, rain in some regions of the country, and efficiency problems.

The official explained that as of February 28, a rescheduling of the sugarcane harvest was carried out, which included stopping work in some inefficient plants, reordering the link in the delivery of sugarcane between mills and provinces to raise the grind, and reinforcing controls in the plants.

In this regard, Miguel Diaz-Canel, President of the Councils of State and Ministers stressed the importance for the country of sugar production, as it is an exportable line; contribute to animal feed; generate sources of employment and constitute an identifying element of settlements and communities throughout Cuba.

For this reason, he commented, we must continue to defend sugarcane production, at the scale we consider appropriate, depending on international market studies and our internal demands.

Diaz-Canel indicated that work should be done in two directions: one aimed at improving results in the remainder of the campaign; and another aimed at organizing the future harvest, for which a working group should be created to analyze problems and propose solutions.

We have to grow before the difficulties of this harvest, he said, make good use of the months of March and April, better serve the workforce and comply with the reprogramming of the milling that we have planned, to improve yields and increase efficiency.

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