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Cuba’s sugar Industry Tries to Recover after Production Falls to Century-old Levels

LADB Article ID: 78539
Category/Department: Cuba
Date: 2012-03-22
By: Daniel Vázquez

The Cuban sugar crop is being harvested, and a new management system is being put to the test. This model required the end of the historic Ministerio de Azúcar (MINAZ) last September to reduce bureaucratic organizations, modernize technology, and enhance business administration after production fell to 1.1 million tons in 2010, comparable to 1905. The industry, which produced more than 8 million tons of sugar in 1990, now faces disruptions because of equipment breakdowns as well as antiquated machinery in sugar mills built before 1959 when Fidel Castro took power on the island. The official target for the 2012 harvest is a 20% increase from last year’s crop of 1.2 million tons.

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