This Year’s Sugar Harvest Announced Even Worse Than Last Year’s and Cuba Will Have to Import Sugar

14ymedio, Havana, 24 November 2021 — The Azcuba State monopoly itself has filled its latest statements with caution when announcing the start of this year’s sugar harvest on the island: no good news is in sight for the sector. “The most important thing is to talk with the sugar workers about the difficult conditions in … Continue reading “This Year’s Sugar Harvest Announced Even Worse Than Last Year’s and Cuba Will Have to Import Sugar”

Cuba Closes the Worst Sugar Harvest in More Than a Century and Will Have to Import for the Domestic Market

14ymedio, Havana, 11 May 2021 — Catastrophe in the Cuban sugar industry. The preliminary results of this year’s harvest are worse than expected and production is hitting rock bottom. With a harvest of just 816,000 tons of sugar, 68% of the 1.2 million planned, the Island has the worst figure since 1908. The state monopoly Azcuba has … Continue reading “Cuba Closes the Worst Sugar Harvest in More Than a Century and Will Have to Import for the Domestic Market”

Cuba Again Records One of the Worst Sugar Harvests in its History

14ymedio, Havana, 10 June 2019 —  The official press has again hidden the data of the just concluded sugar harvest. Instead of absolute numbers, a spokesperson for the Azcuba business group said that the sugar harvest was 13% of the proposed plan. This was reported to Prensa Latina by the spokesman of the sugar group, Liobel … Continue reading “Cuba Again Records One of the Worst Sugar Harvests in its History”

Cuban Authorities Acknowledge Food Shortages and Problems with the Sugar Harvest

14ymedio, Havana, 13 March 2019 — Cuban authorities acknowledged on Wednesday the shortages of several staples such as eggs, chicken, cooking oil and flour while admitting the failure to meet their sugar production plans. According to the official newspaper Granma, in the session of a meeting chaired by the first secretary of the Communist Party, … Continue reading “Cuban Authorities Acknowledge Food Shortages and Problems with the Sugar Harvest”

Cuba’s 2018 Sugar Harvest At Risk Due to a Shortage of Cane in the Fields

14ymedio, Havana, 9 January 2018 — The ravages of Hurricane Irma on Cuban agriculture have left a serious impact on the sugar sector that will influence the results of the upcoming harvest. With some 835,000 acres of cane fallen and broken, in addition to another 227,000 flooded, 45% of the sown cane was affected, according to … Continue reading “Cuba’s 2018 Sugar Harvest At Risk Due to a Shortage of Cane in the Fields”

Cuba’s Sugar Harvest Begins Affected by Drought and Hurricane Irma

14ymedio, 28 November 2017 — The sugar harvest began last Sunday with the start-up of the sugar mill Boris Luis Santa Coloma in Cuba’s Mayabeque province. According to the state monopoly Azcuba, the drought that lasted 18 months and the subsequent scourge of Hurricane Irma have had negative effects and will limit production to around 1.5 million … Continue reading “Cuba’s Sugar Harvest Begins Affected by Drought and Hurricane Irma”

Villa Clara Sugar Harvest Will Be Much Less Than In 2015 / 14ymedio, Jose Gabriel Barrenechea

14ymedio, Jose Gabriel Barrenchea, Santa Clara, 29 May 2016 — With the shutdown of seven of its nine active sites, the 2016 sugar harvest is nearly complete in Villa Clara. It has emerged that the province that currently produces the most sugar in the country has fallen far short of the 250,000 metric tons programmed: as … Continue reading “Villa Clara Sugar Harvest Will Be Much Less Than In 2015 / 14ymedio, Jose Gabriel Barrenechea”

Machado Ventura: “The sugar harvest is very bad” in Cuba / 14ymedio

14ymedio 29 January 2016 — At least 43 of the 50 sugar mills taking part in the current sugar harvest are experiencing delays due to adverse weather conditions. This situation led Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, Second Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party Central Committee, to announce on television on Friday that “the sugar harvest is … Continue reading “Machado Ventura: “The sugar harvest is very bad” in Cuba / 14ymedio”

The Sugar Harvest Grows But Fails to Meet the Plan / 14ymedio, Orlando Palma

14ymedio, Orlando Palma, Havana, 29 May 2015 – As has already become a tradition, Cubans will not know how many tons of sugar are ultimately produced at the end of the 2014-2015 harvest. A summary of the report prepared by the Azcuba Sugar Group, published by the newspaper Gramna, limits itself to saying that, although … Continue reading “The Sugar Harvest Grows But Fails to Meet the Plan / 14ymedio, Orlando Palma”

Hard Times for Cuban Sugar Cane Harvest / 14ymedio, Orlando Palma

14ymedio, Orlando Palma, 28 December 2015 – Guarapo,  sugarcane juice, may be harder to get in 2016, thanks to the climate, obsolete technology and missed payments to producers, all of which are affecting the current sugar harvest, according to information presented to the National Assembly on Sunday by the directors of the AzCuba Group. Delayed … Continue reading “Hard Times for Cuban Sugar Cane Harvest / 14ymedio, Orlando Palma”

Pinar del Rio’s Tobacco Growers Foresee a Bad Harvest Due to Excessive Rains

14ymedio, Havana, 7 December 2020 — The bad news is piling up in Cuba. One of the most emblematic products of the Island, tobacco, does not promise a good harvest after the blows of Hurricane Eta flooded the fields of Pinar del Río, where 70% of the country’s leaf is usually grown. In October there … Continue reading “Pinar del Rio’s Tobacco Growers Foresee a Bad Harvest Due to Excessive Rains”

From ’Protoplin’ to Sugarcane Juice

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Desde Aqui, Havana, 28 May 2020 — It was in the 1980s, durng one those trips to the provinces which I took as a journalist for the magazine Cuba International, accompanied by the Luis Manuel Fernández, better known as Pirole.  In the midst of the boredom of those hotels with no diversions, … Continue reading “From ’Protoplin’ to Sugarcane Juice”

In Cuba Sugar is Imported from France

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernández, Havana, September 23, 2018 — This September the sugar that has been distributed in the “basic basket” of the rationed market doesn’t come from Cuban fields, but rather from far-off France. The poor performance of the last sugar harvest forced the Island’s Government to import a product that, until a few years … Continue reading “In Cuba Sugar is Imported from France”

Cuba Will Limit Sugar Exports to Maintain Domestic Supply

14ymedio, Miami, 15 June 2018 — The Cuban government has decided to cut sugar exports in the face of this year’s poor harvest, sources at the state conglomerate Azcuba told Reuters. “The next harvest will be advanced as much as possible to satisfy local consumption,” said Lourdes María Castellanos, director of international relations at Azcuba, who also … Continue reading “Cuba Will Limit Sugar Exports to Maintain Domestic Supply”

Cuban Government Blames the Weather for Worst Harvest in More Than a Century

EFE, via 14ymedio, Havana, 5 June 2018 – Cuba finished the 2017-2018 sugar harvest ahead of schedule and without meeting the its production targets due to the effects of weather events including an intense drought, the scourge of Hurricane Irma last year, and the rains that fell on the island in recent days. This was … Continue reading “Cuban Government Blames the Weather for Worst Harvest in More Than a Century”