From the desk of the Executive Director
What are your expectations of the 2013/14 season, e.g. in terms of yield?
Regarding the crop prospects for the 2013/14 season, the recent rains experienced in most regions will have a positive impact on the crop, provided that sufficient rainfall is also experienced during the critical growing period of January – April and that the pattern of the past two seasons of extreme dry conditions over this period is not repeated. As the vagaries of nature and weather play a pivotal role in the development of the cane crop, it
is difficult to predict at this stage what crop will be achieved for the forthcoming season. However, all things being equal, one can expect an improvement in the crop level year on year with a return to a more normal crop between 2.2 – 2.3 million tons sugar production.
Where are opportunities for growers in 2013?
In partnership with the milling companies, growers will explore various options for value add opportunities to enhance overall revenue. There is potential for renewable energy to be produced from bagasse on a larger scale to contribute towards the country’s energy needs and renewable energy commitments.
FO Lichts are organising a Sugar & Ethanol Africa 2013 workshop in Durban this year. Hear the latest from African producers and industry leaders. CANEGROWERS will be participating and presenting. Click here for further details .