Posted: Sunday, February 20, 2022. 11:35 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: Belize Sugar Industries Limited/American Sugar Refining (BSI/ASR) this week issued a warning that weather conditions may lead to delays with milling if the state of affairs is allowed to continue.
A few weeks ago, there was a warning against the increased appearance of metal, stone and other objects among cane being delivered to the mill at Tower Hill. Now a more usual concern – mud brought in from wet cane lands drenched by rain – has been raised due to recent unusual rain in the area.
BSI/ASR’s Communications and Government Affairs Representative William Neal told LOVE FM this week, “Of course, harvesting as you may know, the north has a lot of lowlands and that means that with the rains certain fields are inundated and that would make it hard for them to harvest. We have been advocating for quite some time for a more comprehensive review of the harvesting plan so there’s a shift when there are rains to higher elevated lands to harvest in that area so that you don’t have the same contentions with mud.”
Neal further explained that farmers are encouraged to utilize good harvesting practices and not to use push pilers to avoid excessive mud levels until the fields dry out.
But he added that the mill will do its best to grind on: “We have our second boiler. Also we’re going full steam ahead, pun intended and it means that we are on our way to hopefully have another record season. You know sometimes when you have a not so good start you have an excellent finish and that’s what we’re hoping as a company and as an industry that we’ll see really excellent production of sugar and that we’ll be able to grind all the cane that we have, weather allowing of course.”
The season is expected to last until late June or perhaps early July, when the rainy season begins.
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