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Sugar Cane season gets underway at Copal Tree Farm in Toledo

Posted: Tuesday, February 6, 2024. 2:25 pm CST.

Photo Credit: PGTV

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: In Belize, Corozal and Orange Walk are synonymous to sugarcane. In recent years we’ve also come to associate it with the Santander company in the Cayo District that grows sugar cane and harvests it mechanically, then produces sugar for export.

But there is another area in the country where, for the last five years, a substantial amount of sugar cane has been planted and harvested – that’s the Toledo District, where the sugar cane season just got started on Monday, February 5.

The Copal Tree Farm reportedly has the largest organic sugarcane field in the country, but this is specifically planted, cut, and used for the production of Copalli Organic Rum by the Copal Distillery.

Copal Tree Farm manager Wallace Mahler told PGTV that the farm employs 50 people for harvesting 114 acres in Copal and another 100 plus in Big Falls.

Last year, Copalli Rum won two prestigious awards at the International Wine and Spirits Competition 2023 for its Copalli White Rum and its Copalli Barrel Rested Rum.

Copalli Rum is produced at the Copal Tree Distillery in southern Belize using the freshly-pressed sugar cane juice from its own sugar cane fields. Additionally, the distillery is powered by renewable energy, utilizing biomass from the sugar cane waste.


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