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Better crop yields


SHERIA BRATHWAITE

Better crop yields

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The controversial 2018 sugar harvest has finally come to an end. Although final figures have not yet been tabulated, and in spite of the late start, Portvale Factory manager Raphael O’Neal is reporting better yields than last year’s harvest.

At the end of the 14th week of harvesting on July 15, O’Neal said 92.26 per cent of canes had been harvested, producing 11 431 tonnes of sugar.

Harvesting concluded on Saturday and grinding finished on Sunday, the 105th day of the harvest.

Talk about a harvest extension to give the new Government a chance to be updated on what was happening in the industry was making rounds in the farming community, but O’Neal confirmed that the last canes were delivered to the Blowers, St James factory last weekend.

During a recent interview, he said that based on the factory’s performance statistics, 141 540 tonnes of cane were milled at that point compared with last year’s 127 375. He also reported that the lone sugar factory in the island was operating at 91 per cent capacity compared with 76 per cent last year. (SB)

Please read the full story in the Midweek Nation, or in the eNATION edition.

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