By Benjamin Flowers
Belize produced more sugar for the month of April than any other Caribbean country, says a report issued this week by the Sugar Association of the Caribbean.
The SACs data said that in April 2015, Belize milled 28,289 tons of sugar, followed by Guyana, which produced 26,826 tons.
The SAC said that Europe continued to be the main importer of Caribbean sugar, importing 220,309 tons; followed by the United States, which imported 30,259 tons.
CARICOM countries only imported 17,484 tons of sugar.
Chief Finance Officer for Belize Sugar Industries, Belizario Carballo, told The Reporter that the factory has managed to mill more sugar from less cane this season.
He explained that the mill ground 904,000 tons of cane so far this season, as opposed to 943,000 tons for the same period last year. Yet the mill produced 113,000 tons of sugar with this crop, as opposed to last year’s 100,000 tons.
Carballo explained that there were two major factors which influenced the high yield of sugar per ton of cane.
“The two factors are good inherent cane quality, and increased factory efficiency,” Carballo said. “If things continue along this trend, it will be a record-breaking year for BSI.”
He added that the tons cane/tons sugar ratio (TC/TS) was also significantly better, landing at 8.03 this crop instead of last year’s 9.4.