Cuba’s sugar cane sector only beginning to recover from Sandy

The first of Cuba’s 50 sugar mills has resumed operations, weeks after the sector was battered by Hurricane Sandy.

AZCUBA, the state-run holding company that replaced the Sugar Ministry two years ago, announced in October that it would produce about 1.68 million tonnes of raw sugar this season, 20 per cent more than last season’s estimated 1.4 million tonnes.

But that was before Sandy ripped across eastern Cuba on Oct. 25, damaging mills, plantations and infrastructure.

In some provinces, as much as half the cane crop suffered some damage. It’s hoped half the mills will be operational next month and most of the rest in January.

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