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Bumper Crop Forecast For 2017

A bumper sugar cane crop of close to two million tonnes is being forecast for the 2017 season, conditional the country did not encounter any cyclones or adverse weather conditions.
02 Jan 2017 15:44
Bumper Crop Forecast For 2017
Weeds begin to take control of these rails trucks lay waiting to be used again in the next cane season. Photo: Charles Chambers

A bumper sugar cane crop of close to two million tonnes is being forecast for the 2017 season, conditional the country did not encounter any cyclones or adverse weather conditions.

Sugar Cane Growers Council chief executive Sundresh Chetty said if the weather was favourable, then this would be an increase of over 0.62 million tonnes from last year’s crop.

Mr Chetty said the expected crop figure could be reached also if farmers played their part in tending to the fields with proper husbandry of their farms.

“Last year was not a good year as Tropical Cyclone Winston and the floods played a major role in the poor showing of the sugar industry,” he said.

“We are urging farmers to increase production for 2017 with the incentives being given out by Government.”

Mr Chetty said farmers applauded Government on the initiatives being handed out to them and they would fully utilise this.

“We have had really good replanting till December 31 last year and we expected the farmers to carry this on in to the New Year,” Mr Chetty said.

He said farmers should also be carrying out proper land preparation before replanting as this would ensure a good crop for the season.

“This especially during the wet weather where stagnant water in the fields should be drained out as quickly as possible”

He said the weeds needed to be cleaned up because some mechanical harvester operators had refused to carry out harvesting because of overgrown weed.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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