Feb 24, 2016

South Africa's drought-hit sugar harvest to be smallest since 1995 - industry body

South Africa
by
Zandi Shabalala
,
Reuters

South Africa is expected to harvest 1.63 million tonnes of sugar in the 2015/2016 season, the lowest since 1995 and down 22 percent on the previous period as a severe drought hits production, an industry body said on Wednesday.

The worst drought in a century has hurt sugar and maize producing regions, piling pressure on sugar producers who are also grappling with cheap imports, forcing some mills to remain closed and reducing jobs in the sector.