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Cuban officials expect 20 percent increase in sugar production

Havana, Sept 30, (RHC), -- Cuba expects to increase raw sugar production to 1.8 million tonnes, a 20 percent increase over the previous harvest, officials said in Havana.

The country is "at the doors of a harvest during which Cuba proposes to increase 20 percent its contribution of sugar," officials participating in a national meeting of the Sugar Company Group AZCUBA said Saturday.

Cuba produced 1.5 million tonnes of raw sugar during the previous harvest, short of the 1.7 million tones planned, due to complications derived from the passing of Hurricane Sandy and organizational and industrial problems, they said.

The purpose of the meeting was to review preparations for the upcoming harvest that begins in December and runs through April. It came at the conclusion of the September cane estimate used to begin negotiating export contracts.

Between 600,000 and 700,000 tonnes of Cuba's sugar production goes to domestic consumption, 400,000 to an export agreement with China and the remainder other destinations.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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