Havana, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) The 2013-2014 sugarcane harvest is about to conclude this week, and only the eastern province of Holguin will continue milling, to comply with the scheduled production plan, Sugar Group Azcuba stated today. The director of Information Technology and Analysis, Dionis Perez, told Prensa Latina that seven sugar mills in several provinces remained active until Monday, June 2, but their machines are about to shut down for the season, except for those in Holguin.
Azcuba had aimed for an 18 percent increase compared with the previous year, but several adversities such as a severe winter season, frequent rains, and organizational problems, such as plant failures, lack of staff training, and other causes, limited the increase to just three percent and the expected volume may not be achieved.
The provinces of Cienfuegos, Sancti Spiritus, Ciego de Avila, (center), and Guantanamo and Santiago de Cuba, (east), met their respective sugar production goals.
Holguin still has the possibilities to meet its goal.
The sugar harvest in Cuba takes place for 150 days, from mid November to late April, the optimal harvest stage. More than 90 percent of the harvest is mechanized.