Sugar production season kicks off in Okinawa

Sugar production season kicks off in Okinawa

To commemorate the start of sugarcane production, people involved throw sugarcane into a truck. At Miyako Sugar Production Irabu Factory in the Irabu district of Miyako-jima on December 25.

December 26, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On Miyako-jima, the largest sugar production area in Okinawa, the Miyako Sugar Production Irabu Factory started operation on December 25.

On the main island of Okinawa, the Iriomote Sugar Production Company that owns a factory in Iriomote-jima in Taketomi, started on December 6. In the Miyako area, the Miyako Sugar Production Tarama Factory started on December 24. With this the sugar production season has officially kicked off in Okinawa.

Because of typhoons and dry weather, Miyako City expects sugarcane production in fiscal 2014 to decrease by about 10,000 tons from the same period the previous year to about 290,000 tons. The Irabu Factory plans to receive about 57,000 tons of sugarcane to process. On the first day, the factory received about 420 tons. The average sugar content before the inspection was 13.4 percent soluble sugar.

Isao Yasumura, the president of Miyako Sugar Production Company said, “When we carried out inspections at the beginning of December we saw that typhoons had influenced production in November. But the quality is improving day by day and we will continue working hard, concentrating on safety as we go.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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