Most sugar mills in Mekong Delta provinces said that they are facing a lack of sugarcane. They are operating at reduced capacity although prices are high, VND550,000- 570,000 a ton.
|Mekong Delta sugar mills do not have enough sugarcane to operate. (Photo: Thanh Nien)|
The problem is so acute for some mills that they are currently working two days on, two days off.
Raw sugarcane in 9,000ha of Phung Hiep district farmland, Hau Giang province, was harvested early to avoid flooding. This led to a 20 percent drop in productivity. There is currently no sugarcane left in the district.
Other sugarcane areas in Soc Trang, Ben Tre, Kien Giang, and Hau Giang provinces are unable to harvest until crops are ready.
Nguyen Thanh Long, general director of Can Tho Sugar Joint Stock Company, said two of the company’s sugar mills are struggling to buy 3,000 tons a day even though they can handle up to 6,700 tons of cane a day.
The problem will continue until next January when other cane growing areas begin harvesting, Long said.