Sugarcane Industry: Harvest Season 2016 Starts in Mauritius

The sugar industry’s harvest season has arrived: it will be extending for a period of 31 weeks, ending in December.

Harvested sugarcane brought at Alteo. Photo credits: reports that the first to harvest is Alteo, the factory based in Flacq. Omnicane located in the south of the island, is expected to start off by the end of June. Others like Terra will begin in July.

The yields are thought to be greater than last year’s: sugar production is expected to be around 400,000 tonnes this year, as opposed to 366 070 tonnes in 2015 that had resulted from 4 million tonnes of sugarcane crops; the average extraction rate was at 9.14%, which has been the lowest since 1947.

The greater yield hoped to happen in 2016 will be due to the greater amount of rain that was sent down during the period of growth of the crops, which is normally between October and April. Furthermore, the climatic conditions have been favourable for sugarcane development.

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