Azcuba group explains challenges for next sugarcane harvest
The president of Grupo Empresarial Azucarero Azcuba, Julio Andres Garcia, said that the company is working on sowing and cleaning sugarcane, and noted that the repair works during the 2020-2021 harvest will pose a challenge.
Speaking on the Mesa Redonda (Round Table) radio and TV program on Tuesday, Garcia pointed out that the 2019-2020 harvest has come to an end, and only the sugar refineries are operational.
We will undertake the cleaning and repair process with more quality so as not to waste time during the next harvest, he explained.
According to the Azcuba president, during the June-December period, the first priority is sugarcane sowing, which has been unfulfilled in the past three years and has caused a decrease in sugar and byproducts production.
The company must plant 20,000-25,000 hectares of sugarcane from July to August, and conditions exist to fulfill that plan, Garcia assured.
Azcuba has met the demand for crude and refined sugar from the people's basic basket until December, despite the restrictions imposed by the US blockade and the confinement measures in the world due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
We have exported sugar, which is a contribution to the country's economy, he added.
The executive pointed out that during this post-pandemic phase, the sector will continue to work hard, and noted the need to wear facemasks and keep physical distance as the main protective measures.