Dhaka: Sugar output in Bangladesh will be lower this season with the lower cane production and delayed harvesting as well as crushing. This has ultimately led to the lowering of cane recovery taking sugar production to lower in five decades in the country.
The sugar mills have crushed 3/4th of the cane grown in the country till date and the recovery rate has been reported at 5.57 per cent which is the lowest in the country so far. However, once the remaining crushing is completed the recovery rate is likely to lower further.
Abdul Latif, chief of Cane Production and Expansion, Bangladesh Sugar and Food Industries Corporation said, “The poor recovery is the result of a delay in harvesting and crushing.”
The crushing has been impacted as six out of 15 state-owned sugar mills stopped crushing from this season.
Every year cane crushing begins in November every season but this season it began in late December. As the six sugar mills were closed, the farmers from the vicinity of these mills had to travel long distances to crush their cane that delayed crushing.