12,000 Hectares of Sugar Cane Damaged in Guatemala

The impact of the rain on 12k hectares is expected to cause a 2.5 million hundredweight drop in sugar production.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Armando Boesche, general manager of the Association of Guatemalan Sugar Producers (Asazgua), indicated that the 2010-11 sugar harvest is forecast to be 48.4 million hundredweight, 5% less than in 2009-10.

"The crops worst affected are located in the region of Escuintla, though there is also damage to plantations in Santa Rosa, Retalhuleu and Suchitepéquez, according to a technical evaluation carried out by Asazgua," reports Prensa Libre.

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Guatemala: 14% Increase in Sugar Cane Production

November 2011

Producers anticipate a production of 50.8 million bushels for the harvest beginning in November.

According to information from the Guatemalan Sugar Association (ASAZGUA in Spanish) production for the harvest beginning in November will exceed the production of the 2010-2011 harvest by 6.3 million bushels.

Guatemala: 12.5% Decrease in Sugar Production

March 2011

Projections estimate 6 million fewer bushels from the current crop in relation to 2009/2010.

Armando Boesche, manager of the Sugar Association of Guatemala (ASAZGUA), stated that because of excessive rainfall over the winter, which affected about 12 thousand hectares of sugar cane, production will drop to 12.5 %.

Honduras: 11,000 ha of Sugarcane Lost

September 2010

Floods in 11,000 hectares of sugar cane crops will affect export targets of 2,200 million pounds of the 2010-2011 harvest.

The report reveals flooded sugar cane hectares in Choluteca, La Grecia, Azucarera del Norte, Compañía Azucarera Hondureña and Chumbagua.

Executive Director of Sugar Producers Association of Honduras (APAH), Carlos Melara, told Latribuna.hn, "We are concerned, the crisis is severe because of total losses, in other cases the tonnage and quality of juice."

$28 Million Losses in Salvadoran Plantations

October 2009

Lack of rain has reduced yield at corn, bean and sorghum plantations.

The most affected seed is corn, with $21.5 million losses, reported the Agriculture Ministry (Mag).

"The ministry's report summarizes other preliminary studies presented in the past weeks. From an economic loss perspective, bean is second after corn, with losses over $3 million.

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