There will be a shortfall of some 30% from the planned target of 1.2 million tonnes raw sugar at the close of 2020/21 harvest, according to Jose Carlos Santos Ferrer, first vice president of state sugar monopoly AZCUBA speaking to the state Cuban News Agency, reported Reuters.
The 2021 sugar production could be around 900,000 tonnes, a 25% drop, according to state media reports Reuters.
Cuba will “soon” start selling a biotech sweetener substitute for traditional sugar, produced at the island’s Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB). The fruit-oligosaccharide (FOS) is made from sorbitol and an enzyme developed at the center, reported the local news agency, Prensa Latina.
The cane sector is having to resort deploying some 4,000 yuntas (pairs) of oxen to support planting operations amidst fuel crisis that has hit the country, according to local press reports.
The Cuban state-run sugar monopoly Azcuba met its export commitments for this season despite output falling by 13%, according to the company spokesman Liobel Perez speaking to the official Prensa Latina news agency.
The head of Cuba’s state sugar monopoly AZCUBA said on 12th March that output of raw sugar was 18% behind schedule with just a month of optimal harvesting conditions left in the season, reported Reuters.
This year’s sugar output in Cuba is expected to decline by some 30% to some 1.1 million to 1.3 million tonnes, reported Reuters, citing local sources. The output last year was 1.8 million tonnes.
Cuba likely to export 300,000 t less sugar this year following Hurricane Irma damage [Full subscriber]
The damage to Cuba’s cane production in particular from Hurricane Irma last September is expected decrease sugar output by 300,000 t, according to Reuters.
Hurricane Irma which hit Cuba last September caused extensive damage to cane, with some 300,000 ha affected, along with damage to some 40% of sugar mills. With harvest underway, the industry has had to cancel sugar exports in January as it is struggling to meet local demand, according to the head of the state sugar monopoly, reports Reuters.