Sugar: Optimism for 2019-2020 Harvest

In El Salvador, the union of sugarcane growers estimates that for the 2019-2020 harvest will be produced about 17 million quintals, a volume that would be 15% higher than that recorded in the previous cycle.

Friday, October 18, 2019

The Sugar Association of El Salvador projects that between the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 harvests, 2.2 million more quintals will be harvested, going from 14.8 million to 17 million quintals.

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Mario Salaverría, president of the union explained that "... by producing those 17 million, we would have a total of 800,000 tons of sugar for this harvest nationwide."

Salaverría added that "... For the sugar sector the winter has been quite positive, in general terms for the cultivation of sugar cane. However, what worries us is the issue of structures, as a result of the rains of recent days there are some bridges that have been damaged and we hope that it can be resolved before the harvest begins, because otherwise that would delay with the established times."

According to CentralAmericaData's crop monitoring, during 2018 sugar was the fourth most important crop in Central America in terms of the amounts sold abroad, since a total of 1.8 million tons were exported, equivalent to $722 million. The main destinations for sugar exports are China, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Haiti and Taiwan, which together account for more than half of the volume sold by the region, equivalent to $590 million.

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