Drought Threatens Sugar Production

In El Salvador, businesses in the sector estimate that sugarcane production will fall due to the drought that is affecting different areas of the country and which has now been ongoing for 35 consecutive days.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Without agreeing on the estimated losses that the sugar sector will face, representatives from different business associations reported that the damage caused by the drought will be reflected in a reduction in production.

Carlos Morales, president of the Association of Sugar Technicians of El Salvador (Atasal), told Elmundo.sv that " ... in August they usually evaluate crop performance, but what has been observed so far allows them to affirm that 'yes there is going to be a decrease in cane and sugar.'"

See also: "Sugar in 2017: Region exported $1.24 billion"

Regarding estimates of the damages, Mario Salaverría, president of the Sugar Association of El Salvador, indicated that " ... in September there could be greater certainty regarding the impact, but he warned that the income of 27,000 cane cutters could be affected."

For his part, the president of the Sugar Cane Producers Association (Asprocaña), Luis Betagglio, estimated that "... the drought has affected between 37,000 and 40,000 manzanas of cane and 20% of these could be lost, which would be equivalent to about one million hundredweight of sugar."

According to reports by CentralAmericaData, in 2017 the main exporter of raw sugar in Central America was Guatemala, with $759 million, followed by El Salvador, with $187 million, Nicaragua, with $111 million, Costa Rica with $104 million, Honduras, with $57 million and Panama with $23 million.

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