Cuba struggling to recover its flagship sugar industry

Cuba's flagship sugar industry has been affected in the last 6 decades by the U.S. financial and commercial embargo

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Once a leader in the world sugar market, Cuba is far from recovering the fertile production volumes of former times in an industry once considered the country's economic driver has not been able to take off since its collapse in the 1990s.

Of the 156 mills operating before 1959, 56 remain, and only 38 are milling in the 2020-2021 harvest. And the 5.6 million tons of sugar harvested in the year the Revolution triumphed, or the 7 and even 8 million in the best seasons between 1970 and 1989, have been reduced to . . .

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