Cuba Hopes to Equal Bleak Sugar Harvest

HAVANA TIMES, Oct. 18 — Cuban authorities hope the upcoming 2010-2011 sugar harvest’s production will be similar to last year’s, the worse since 1905, Adrián Jiménez Fernández, deputy minister of that sector, affirmed. Thirty-nine sugar mills throughout the island, a former sugar exporting power, will be operating in this harvest, which will begin on December 1, reported IPS.

“Cuba’s once proud sugar industry is gearing up for the 2011 cane harvest with fewer mills scheduled to open and hopes to merely equal this year’s dismal output of 1.1 million tons of raw sugar,” reports Reuters on Monday.” See the full story.