Cuba, one of the leaders in sugar production in the world market is facing tough challenges to regain the past glory by increasing sugar production.
Around 156 sugar plants were operating in Cuba before 1959 and out of these only 56 have remained and only 38 of them are operating during the 2020-21 season. The country used to produce around 7-8 million tonnes of sugar earlier but now limited to a million tonne in the current harvest.
According to Havana’s estimates, the iconic Cuban sugar industry has been affected over the last six decades by the US financial and trade embargo – losing some $125 billion
The lack of fertilizers, fuel scanty and age old technology has affected the production in the country.