Heavy rains delay sugar crop
The Sugar Association of the Caribbean is blaming heavy rains for the slow start of the 2013/2014 sugar crop in Jamaica.
The association says sugar industries in the region have been late in starting their crop.
It says Belize and Jamaica were the most affected.
However, the sugar association says at the end of January, Jamaica was leading production with 29,000 157 tonnes, with Belize producing 4,000 157 tonnes.
The association says Guyana had finished their second crop before January 2014 and had produced 138,716 tonnes of sugar.
The SAC continues to ship most of its production to the European Union with small quantities sold in the CARICOM market.
For the month of January 2014, exports of sugar from Guyana to the EU totaled 90,257 tonnes, while 5,570 tonnes were exported to CARICOM.
Chairman of the Sugar Association of the Caribbean, Karl James says members of the Association are optimistic that production will improve in the coming months.
FOR MORE STORIES WATCH