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Cuban Minister Expects Sugar Harvest to Equal Previous Output
Minister Ulises Rosales del Toro said that thanks to the efficiency of the recovery from the damage to the mills by Hurricane Ike, this year’s harvest would reach an output similar or maybe superior to the last, reported

the Trabajadores newspaper.   

The Minister made the statements as he joined workers in the field to plant cane in the central province of Sancti Spiritus.  

Hurricanes Gustav and Ike struck Cuba in a 10-day period starting Aug 30, leveling roofs and causing other damage to nearly all the sugar cane mills in the country.

The Sugar Ministry reported at the time that 190,000 hectares of cane were flattened and 108,000 hectares flooded by the storms.

"The plan was to increase the harvest by 20 to 30 percent this year, but that will not be possible now,” said Rosales del Toro, while noting that different from similar situations on previous years, this time the country

had the resources to repair mills in time for the harvest, beginning in December through to May. He expected all but two mills to open on schedule.


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