Havana, Tuesday 12 de December de 2017 12:59 pm

Half of Cuba´s sugar mills to start harvest in December

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Half of Cuba´s sugar mills to start harvest in DecemberHAVANA, Cuba, Dec 1 (ACN) Twenty-six sugar mills will start operations Cuba next December, announced today in this capital the Liobel Pérez Hernández, institutional communicator of AZCUBA Sugar Group.

Most of them will do it between December 5 and the last days of that month, Pérez Hernández said in exclusive statements to the ACN.

He informed that another 26 mills will enter into action in January until adding the amount of 53 that will do so in the current harvest 2017-2018, which began last Saturday in the country with the Boris Luis Santa Coloma, in the western province of Mayabeque.

With nine factories, the province of Villa Clara is the one that will incorporate the largest amount to the campaign, scheduled to end on May 3 by Argeo Martínez, in Guantánamo, despite the negative impact of the drought and the scourge of Hurricane Irma last September, according to the same source.

The sugar harvest is increasingly less manual, with only 2.3 percent of all cane cutting done by men, and it is estimated that 68 percent of the crop employs modern equipment for cutting and carrying of canes, combined cutters, self-bale, tractors and trucks.

The Boris Luis Santa Coloma sugar mill was the last to finish last harvest, and now it became the first to start it, because it had enough raw material, Ana Bueno Guzmán, director of the Business Unit of the Base, recently told ACN.

She said that their areas occupy 41 percent of long cycle cane, which was left over from the previous harvest, and the cut will be mechanized and also by machete cutters brigades.

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