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Sugarcane harvest officially kicks off in Othón P. Blanco

Othón P. Blanco, Q.R. — With the traditional machete blow, the De la Fe y Esperanza harvest was made official in the community of Álvaro Obregón Nuevo. The southern sugarcane community began its official seasonal harvest Tuesday from which around 1.7 million tons is expected.

Directors and partners of the Civil Association of Sugarcane Producers of the Rivera del Río Hondo, together with the Sugarcane Production and Quality Committee of the San Rafael de Pucté Mill, invited Governor Mara Lezama along with authorities of the Secretariat of Agricultural, for the traditional machete cut.

Othón P. Blanco, the state’s main sugarcane producing municipality, began their growing season November 17 of 2023 and will conclude the seasonal harvest May 30, 2024.

Within those harvesting months, Carlos Blackaller Ayala, President of the National Union of Sugar Cane Growers, says they are hoping for approximately 1.7 tons of sugarcane, which if achieved, will be a 7 percent increase over last season.

During the days of harvest, producers say they will grind an average of 8,473 tons per day. Over 34,000 hectares owned by several ejidos is planted each year to grow sugarcane in the southern region of Quintana Roo.

Over 34,000 hectares is planted each year for sugarcane growth in the south. Photo: CGC March 12, 2024.

Ejidos who grow sugarcane in Quintana Roo’s southern region include Juan Sarabia, Sergio Butrón, Carlos A. Madrazo, Sac-Xan, Palmar, Ramonal, Allende, Sabidos, Obregón, Pucté, Cacao, Cocoyol, San Francisco Botes, Calderón, Nuevo Guadalajara and Laguna Om