Mexico achieved a record production of sugar, with 7 million tonnes of sugar in 2012/13, about 40% more than in the previous cycle. The result was due to the increase in area and productivity per hectare, which was exceptionally favorable.
Exports also reached a record of 2.5 million tonnes, about 166% more than the last cycle, according to Humberto Jasso, CEO of the National Sugar and Alcohol.
“Our productivity per hectare increased and harvest conditions were ideal, because it rained well during the cultivation of sugarcane and the weather was dry during the harvest. These combinations resulted in a great season,” said Jasso.
The last time that Mexico reached a record in sugar production cycle was in 2004/05 to 5.8 million tons. But in recent years, the sugar production had been affected due to bad weather, which had slowed yields. Humberto Jasso believes that next season, which begins in November, the production will reach approximately six million tons.