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HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON, [email protected]


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THIS YEAR’S SUGAR CROP is expected to surpass last year’s yield, but the same might not be true of 2018 unless farmers get some rain soon.

Chairman of the Barbados Agricultural Management Corporation (BAMC), Dr Atlee Brathwaite, said a lack of rain, more so than fires, would impact next year’s sugar season.

At the start of the year, those in the industry had projected that this year’s crop would yield 12 000 tonnes of sugar from 126 909 tonnes of cane, up from 2016’s 7 000 tonnes of sugar from a disappointing 85 000 tonnes of cane.

Brathwaite, who admitted he did not have the figures to hand over the long Easter weekend, said indications, however, were that yields would surpass last year’s output. (HLE)

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