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Hurricane Irma affected sugar cane in Matanzas

Gloria Machado León 18 septiembre, 2017

From the Central Highway you can see the great extensions of sugar cane, most of the culture is “lying down”. The strong winds of Hurricane Irma affected Saccharum officinarum, one of the most important productions of the Matanzas territory.

Preliminary data provided by Ricardo Sánchez Calero, director of the Sugar Company Matanzas, estimated that about 40 thousand hectares were damaged by the meteorological event.

The cane is mostly” bedded “, the foliage is affected and the stalks are observed,” said the manager.

This results in a decrease in sugar cane concentration and loss of production. This will have repercussions on agricultural and industrial yields in the 2017-2018 harvest.

In the case of the plants, 1,500 square meters of light cover and two chimneys were damaged in the sugar mills Jesús Rabí and Mexico, in the municipalities of Calimete and Colón, respectively.

 

Original text on Sept 18th, 2017

 

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