MEXICO: 2011/12 sugar production down 3% through June 18
Published: 06/20/2012, 7:48:38 AM
Mexico's 2011/12 sugar output through Monday dropped 3% from the year-ago period to 5.04 million metric tonnes, according to Dow Jones.
The figure fell short of the committee's initial production forecast for the period of 5.33 million tonnes. The sugar season began in October and runs through September. During the Oct. 1 through June 18 period, Mexico's average yield of sugar per tonne of sugarcane was 10.92%, down from 11.75% during the same period last season, as a result of unfavorable weather.
The sugar was obtained from 46.2 million tonnes of sugarcane, up 5% from last year's volume. The number of hectares harvested also rose 4% to 701,618. Most of the output was made up of standard sugar, at 3.23 million tonnes, about on par with last year's production of the same type of sugar. The amount of refined sugar dropped 8% to 1.57 million tonnes.
This week, eight sugar mills were still operating, up from three during the 2010/11 season, which ended earlier.