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Sugar crop 2022-2023 is complete; performance below expectations

Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2023. 11:02 am CST.

>By Aaron Humes, Tower Hill, Orange Walk District: Another sugar season has come and is almost gone.

By 12 noon today, Belize Sugar Industries Limited/American Sugar Refining (BSI/ASR) will close its gates to further deliveries.

The season is ending earlier than expected because production targets were not met.

Latest totals put production to the mill at about 996 thousand tonnes of cane from which over 104 thousand tons of sugar was produced, both totals down from last year.

The industry suffered from a labour shortage as well as hits to cane production from unpredictable weather: floods from rains last year followed by a drought through the first part of this year.

Nonetheless, farmers gathered at the Tower Hill compound for the traditional “Sweet Wrapup” hosted by BSI/ASR to mark the end of another season as farmers look forward to the payments that will get next year’s crop started.

Much more to come.

 

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