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Excessive heat, drought affecting local sugar cane farmers

Othon P. Blanco, Q.R. — Excessive heat and a lack of rain have already had an effect on the state’s sugar cane crops. Local sugar cane producers say they are anticipating a loss of at least 10,000 hectares, which will bring considerable financial losses for this year’s harvest.

Head of la Confederación Nacional de Productores Rurales, Benjamín Gutiérrez, explained that the sugar harvest will likely see a decline of 40 percent which will affect the state’s 3,000 producers adding that the 45 or more days of Canicula, which have just only begun, will have an even more profound affect.

He says last year, state sugar cane farmers produced 800 million tons of sugar cane.