With 41 per cent of the 2014 sugar crop completed so far, officials are reporting that production is off target.
And General Manager of the Barbados Agricultural Management Company (BAMC) Leslie Parris told Barbados TODAY this afternoon, that the expected shortfall in sugar output could be even greater, depending on the weather and the quality of juice produced.
He said although authorities were still expected to produce 188,000 tonnes of cane, the original forecast of 18,000 tonnes of sugar, would be slightly below target, by the time the harvest ends around mid-July – more than a month past the original completion date of late June as a result of the late start and the eight-day work stoppage last month.
The BAMC general manager disclosed that the sole operating factory had so far ground 77,324 tonnes of canes and produced 6,461 tonnes of sugar.
“Now that puts us approximately 41 per cent on the way there, and we are hoping that by next week, to be 50 per cent of the way in terms of our original projections of 188,000 tonnes of cane,” he said.
“We might fall slight below depending on the weather conditions and the quality of the cane that is now coming in . . . . [But] the sugar that we produce may be slightly less depending on the quality of the cane that we receive.”
Parris said if things continue on the current track, the mid-July goal to finish the crop should be achieved.
The BAMC executive said Portvale had also returned to receiving the usual 2,400 tonnes of canes a day.