Sugarcane farmers from the catchment areas of the rivers in Bangladesh have suffered losses due to delay in cane harvesting that has reduced the weight of the crop.
The recovery rate has lowered to 5.20 in most of the sugar mills except North Bengal Sugar Mills in Natore. The average recovery rate in Bangladesh is half of Brazil and India, the two top sugar producers in the world.
A managing director of a sugar mill in the northern district said, “Aside from growers, the mills also suffered heavy losses this season due to the low recovery rate as sugarcanes dried up because of late harvesting.”
Crushing at six sugar mills was suspended that helped in reducing the losses. However, the output from the remaining nine mills was also not up to the mark.