Sugar: Production in El Salvador Increases 5%

For the 2018-2019 harvest was reported in the country the production of 17.1 million quintals of sugar, 5% more than the 16.4 million quintals recorded in the previous harvest.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Data from the Salvadoran Council of Sugar Agroindustry (CONSAA), specify that the 17.1 million quintals of sugar harvested in the 2018-2019 cycle, represents the highest production recorded in the last six years in the country.

Elmundo.sv reports that "... Central Izalco produced 4.23 million quintals of sugar, El Angel contributed another 4.23 million and La Cabaña generated 2.42 million. The Chaparrastique reported 3.01 million quintals, Injiboa registered 2.21 million and La Magdalena achieved 1.01 million quintals.

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The article adds that "... Preliminary data for the 2018/2019 cycle exceeded the sector's expectations, a 10.1% drop over the previous cycle. It was estimated a closure with 14.8 million quintals of sugar, because of severe drought between June and July last year. Although lower production was expected, the Association of Sugarcane Producers of El Salvador (Procaña) warned at the beginning of the harvest that the heavy rains in October, when Hurricane Michael passed through Salvadoran territory in the form of a tropical storm, would help recover the soils affected by the drought."

According to reports from CentralAmericaData, El Salvador is the second-largest Central American exporter of sugar, with foreign sales of around $200 million.

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