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Sugarcane yields sweeten but quality still lags Tin ảnh

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(Tinmoitruong.vn) - Sugarcane yields have risen more than 14 per cent this year against the previous 11-month season, but an oversupply and the low quality of sugar remain pressing concerns of the industry.

 

Farmers harvest sugarcane to supply factories in the central province of Khanh Hoa. Farmers have been told to focus on better sugarcane strains, which could improve yield and quality as oversupply and the low quality of sugar remain pressing concerns for the industry. — VNA/VNS Photo Quang Quyet

 

The country's sugar mills produced 1.53 million tonnes of sugar from mid-August last year to mid-July this year, up 14.5 per cent, according to the Department of Processing and Trade for Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Products and Salt Production.

 

Department officials were speaking at a meeting held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Mekong Delta Hau Giang Province on Thursday to review the 2012-13 sugar season.

 

Despite a higher output this season, participants at the meeting said that the quality of domestically produced sugar was lower than sugar produced in other countries.

 

In addition, there is a large inventory of sugar in the country, which indicates that supply and demand have not been balanced well, according to Nguyen Trong Thua, head of the Department of Processing and Trade for Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Products and Salt Production.

 

The country now has 1.53 million tonnes of sugar, not including the quantity of sugar imported under World Trade Organisation commitments this year.

 

The country's annual sugar demand is 1.3-1.4 million tonnes, according to the Viet Nam Sugarcane and Sugar Association.

 

Thua said the industry's sustainable development could be ensured if the cultivation areas remained about the same size and supply was better managed.

 

He said that farmers should focus on better sugarcane strains, which could improve yield and quality.

 

The country's average yield of sugar is 5.5-5.8 tonnes per hectare, equal to half the world's average yield.

 

In addition, sugar mills should work together more closely to harvest, buy and process sugarcane, he said.

 

Thua also recommended the use of sugar byproducts for the production of fertiliser, alcohol and electricity. This would increase profits for the sector, he said.

 

According to the sugar association, production costs of sugarcane and sugar production are still high.

 

Meeting participants also noted that sugarcane was being transported to sugar mills several days after harvest, leading to high levels of post-harvest losses.

 

And in some areas, farmers harvested their sugarcane too early, affecting quality.

 

Attendees at the meeting also asked government agencies to impose higher penalties on sugar smugglers.

 

In the 2012-13 sugar season, farmers planted more than 298,000ha of sugarcane, up by 15,000ha, with an average yield of 63.9 tonnes per hectare, an increase of 2.2 tonnes per hectare in yield against the 2011-12 sugar season.

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