Thursday, November 22, 2012

Cuba’s sugarcane output set to increase

Cuba's sugarcane output set to increase
Souce:Xinhua Publish By Jane B. Hatcher Updated 22/11/2012

HAVANA, Nov. 21 — Cuba has officially kicked off the 2012-2013 sugarcane
harvest season, hoping to boost output by 20 percent over the previous
year, Cuban official daily Granma reported Wednesday.

The first sugar mill put to work on Tuesday is Jesus Rabi, located in
the town of Calimete in the western province of Matanzas, said Granma.

Liobel Hernandez, a member of state-run sugar company Azcuba, said that
in the following three months, all the 50 sugar mills will be put into

For more than 200 years, the sugar industry had served as the engine of
the Cuban economy, but production gradually fell to only 1.1 million
tons in the 2009-2010 harvest season, the worst in 105 years.

The 2011-2012 sugarcane harvest was the best in the last eight years,
though the output was still lower than expectations.

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