Santandar has ending their harvest season and they are reporting record numbers. The company has been resilient in the face of unpleasant weather conditions and the covid-19 endemic. They invited the media to the special event, and our Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz, spoke with the Agricultural Manager, Enrique Sanchez.
Enrique Sanchez, Agriculture Manager, Santander: “This has been our best harvest so far. Last year we managed to produce four hundred and seventy four metric tonnes this year we went up to six hundred and forty thousand metric tonnes so it’s a big difference. Our yields went up to thirty three metric tonnes per acre and we also got very good sugar yield per metric tonne, we had ninety five kilos of sugar per metric tonne. It’s been a little bit difficult, what we have tried to do is find new markets to expand our clients, our customers and look fore new places to sell the sugar and try to look for that added value in the sugar with quality and transportation efficiency. What we have done here is well first of all we invest a lot in technology so we try to monitor every single field with drones by knowing in which point a field is stressed because of the lack of water. We also have a very different agronomic characteristic from the north. Our water table is way closer to the sugar cane and also we try to do water management in a way that we can conserve as much water as possible. So every single drop of water that you see here we try to conserve it in our soil to keep it with good moisture so we can guarantee that the sugar cane can grow the most.”