General press release — 02 June 2015
Belize tops regional sugar production for April

TRINIDAD, Mon. June 1, 2015–The Sugar Association of the Caribbean (SAC) has announced that the top sugar producer in the region for the month of April 2015 was Belize, with 28,289 tons.  Guyana produced 26,826 tons, followed by Jamaica with 25,862 tons and Barbados with 3,173 tons, for a total regional production of 84,150 tons for the period.  Jamaica had topped the regional production in February and March 2015 respectively, while Barbados has just started production.

The April figures pushed the year to date production for the current regional sugar crop to 393,357 tons.  The SAC says it continues to focus on overseas markets with year-to-date exports to Europe totaling 220,309 tons, followed by 30,259 tons to the United States and 17,484 tons to CARICOM.

SAC Chairman Karl James says while there are challenges affecting sugar production in Jamaica, the production is going well in Belize and Guyana.  The SAC Chairman also noted that the Association is well advanced in achieving its goal to boost supply to the CARICOM market.

“There is improved supply to the CARICOM market which is one of the objectives of the SAC. We expect to see this trend continue,” said Mr. James.

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