Cancun, Q.R. – December marks the beginning of the state’s annual sugarcane harvest where this year, sugarcane farmers anticipate a harvest of about 1.5 million tons.
Sugarcane is harvested in 20 rural communities in the southern portion of Quintana Roo. These communities rely directly on the annual harvest says Aarón Renteral Campos, head of the Local Union of Sugarcane Growers, who adds that this does not include the indirect jobs that involve cane cutting.
He says that each year, cane cutters arrive to the state from places like Veracruz, Tabasco, Chiapas and Oxaca. In all, the annual harvest represents the livelihood for more than 2,500 local families. Cane cutters arriving from other states are put up in galleries or hostels where, for the duration of the harvest, cutters and their families live.
The sugarcane season begins in mid-December and lasts until the end of May. Producers are saying that this year, they expect good crops due to favorable growing weather.