International Sugar Journal

Economic evaluation of post-harvest cane cleaning* [Full subscriber]

Abstract         This paper examines three cane supply treatments, Commercial Harvesting, Low-Loss Harvesting and Low-Loss Harvesting plus Cane Cleaning, to determine if post-harvest cane cleaning offers economic benefits over current harvesting strategies.  The project involved field and factory measurements of different harvesting and cane-supply strategies in an effort to identify strategies that maximise the total industry benefit, considering, in particular, the cost of the harvesting and cane-supply strategy, the resulting cane loss and the impacts of the resulting extraneous matter in the cane supply.  The economic analysis quantified harvesting costs and the resulting product income.  The economic analysis was undertaken on…

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