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HARARE, Sugarcane farmers in Zimbabwe have started harvesting this year's crop although a bit later compared with last year because of heavy rains during the 2016/17 crop season.

Before harvesting, sugarcane should be left for a certain period, known as dry-off. to reduce the amount of moisture in the crop for the milling process to go well.

The Commercial Sugarcane Producers Association of Zimbabwe (CSPAZ) chairperson, Tawanda Mafurutu, said here Monday that harvesting was in full swing and was expected to continue until December. Sugarcane harvesting has started and prospects for better yields than last year are high, he said.

Sugarcane is grown commercially in the southeastern parts of Zimbabwe, including Chisumbanje, Nyanyadzi and Chiredzi.

Following the commissioning of the Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam, plans are also in the pipeline to start new sugarcane plantations in Mwenezi, Chivi and other surrounding areas.

An executive member of the Hippo Valley Productive Sugarcane Farmers Association, Patrick Muvingi, said harvesting at Triangle Estates began in mid-May while at Hippo Valley Estates, it started at the beginning of June. We are expecting not less than 100 tons of sugarcane per hectare mainly because of heavy rains received in most parts of the country, he said.

Harvesting started later than last year owing to mill maintenance and heavy rains but now is going on albeit with a few challenges here and there, Muvingi said.

About 50 per cent of the country's sugar is exported to regional and international markets.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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