Half of Cuba’s sugar mills shut down during the current sugarcane harvest

Breakdowns, lack of maintenance, and corrupt mismanagement have left half of Cuba’s remaining 22 sugar mills inoperative after the latest sugarcane harvest. The current number of mills on the island is just a fraction of the over 160 that operated in 1958, before the socialist revolution. Thanks to communism, however, the number of sugar mills has been reduced by over 85%, and of the ones remaining, only half are operating. This is socialism in action.

Via CubaNet (my translation):

Only half of the sugar mills are operating during the current sugarcane harvest

Only half of the Cuban sugar mills are active for the current harvest that started last December. According to the official media outlet Granma, 11 mills have been incorporated out of the 22 that should have already been grinding sugarcane by this date.

Dionnis Pérez Pérez, Director of Information Technology and Communications of the Azcuba Business Group, pointed out that the situation is due to ‘technical deficiencies’ in the mills. The faults were discovered too late to be fixed, he added, as they did not have lubricant to test the operation of the machinery on the specified dates.

The low availability of fuel and ‘the difficulties caused by inclement weather that have delayed the harvesting’ also contribute to delays in the grinding process. Although officials assure that the sugar for the basic basket is guaranteed, the current harvest starts as a failure.

Skeptics will have to wait for the production of the few operational mills: Boris Luis Santa Coloma, from Mayabeque; Heriberto Duquesne and Quintín Bandera, from Villa Clara; 14 de Julio and Ciudad Caracas, from Cienfuegos; Melanio Hernández, from Sancti Spíritus; Siboney, from Camagüey; Cristino Naranjo, from Holguín; Dos Ríos, from Santiago de Cuba; Enidio Díaz Machado, from Granma, and Argeo Martínez, from Guantánamo.

The sugar crisis in Cuba

Given the situation, the mills will hardly meet the national production plans, which have not been disclosed by the Azcuba company until now.

Less than a month before the start of the 2023-2024 sugar harvest, most Cuban mills were undergoing repairs of their dilapidated machinery. None were ready for grinding. The repairs of the worn-out machinery were nowhere near completion, and they couldn’t start.

In the previous harvest, at this stage, even the planting plan did not exceed 41%. The lack of fuel or its late arrival, problems with the machinery’s operation, the low technical availability of equipment, and the shortage of fertilizers and herbicides all contributed to the failure of one of Cuba’s worst harvests.

1 thought on “Half of Cuba’s sugar mills shut down during the current sugarcane harvest”

  1. Well, sugar was never a “revolutionary” thing–but ruining the sugar industry surely is. Gracias, Fidel.

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