More Sugarcane Production Expected in Cuba

HAVANA TIMES, Dec. 3 — The Cuban government wants to increase sugarcane production by 20 percent compared to the previous season. Two refineries have already initiated milling, which is scheduled to take place in 46 factories this year – seven more than in 2010.

According to the Prensa Latina news agency, this campaign has been preceded by adequate preparation, with sufficient time available for obtaining essential fertilizers, training all necessary personnel and assuring the replacement of needed parts.

The president of the Azcuba Group, which now heads the sugar industry (having replaced the previous Sugar Ministry), was optimistic about the industry’s restructuring and favorable world market price levels for sugar. The official said that in the short term they envision doubling revenues and achieving harvests of up to four million tons of sucrose.