September 29, 2013
Mexico’s upcoming sugar harvest will be largely unscathed by some of the worst flooding in decades, the head of the country’s sugar chamber said on Monday. Two devastating storms that struck Mexico’s Pacific and Gulf coasts simultaneously inundated vast swathes of land across Mexico over the last few days, wrecking roads, burying homes under mud and killing around 115 people.
Dozens of people are still missing and feared to have died. Agricultural officials are still assessing the damage, but Juan Cortina, head of the sugar chamber, told Reuters that the group does not expect a significant dip in the 2013/14 harvest, which begins in November. Sugar plantations were flooded in some states, though officials said the cane was very hardy and would not suffer.
Production should be between 6.2 million and 6.6 million metric tons in spite of the flooding, the chamber said. Mexico produced a record 7 million tons of sugar in the most recent harvest. Mexican sugar exports were likely to be below 2 million tons during the 2013/14 season, versus an expected 2.5 million tons during the current season, the chamber said. Courtesy Reuters
Published in ZaraiMedia.com
Sugar, Sugar exports