Cuba sugar production was 1.1 million MT in 2010. The estimate for 2011 is close to one million MT with a population of 11.4 millions. In 1894, one year before the War of Independence, the island produced over one million MT with a population of 1.7 millions. More than 117 years later the communist regime will be producing even less.Cuba prepares for another bitter sugar harvestCuba prepares for another bitter sugar harvest | Reuters
*Government hopes to match this year's 1.1 million tonnes
*Fewer mills to open
*Joint venture talks stalled
By Marc Frank
Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:23pm BST
HAVANA, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Cuba's once proud sugar industry is gearing up for the 2011 cane harvest with fewer mills scheduled to open and hopes to merely equal this year's dismal output of 1.1 million tonnes of raw sugar, the official media reported on Monday.
The Communist party newspaper Granma, quoting deputy sugar minister Adrian Jimenez Fernandez, said 39 mills would grind the cane into raw sugar, compared with 44 the previous season and 54 in 2009, with the "mission of producing a similar amount of sugar as this year's Harvest".
In 1959 Cuba exported 5.0 million tons. In the years just preceding the 1959 Revolution, Cuba has been the larger exporter of sugar cane in the world. Who would have imagined a few years ago that the world's largest exporter of sugar would have to resort to external supplies to meet its needs?