The production of sugar cane is anticipated to increase on the back of increased number of players who ventured into the sector through land reform programme.
The Associationâ€™s Chairperson, Mr. Muchadeyi Masunda said production of sugar cane will this year increase by 8%.
The production of sugar for the 2010-2011 season was 334 288 metric tonnes which was nearly 30% better than the previous season which stands almost 60% of the industryâ€™s installed capacity.
According to minutes of the Annual General Meeting, the 2010-2011 season has been adversely affected by the delay in the rehabilitation of the milling plants while production for 2011-2012 season is expected to reach 371 807 metric tonnes representing 8%Â increase reflecting 62% of the industrial installed capacity.
133 144 metric tonnes of sugar have been exported in the 2010-2011 season compared to 107 436 metric tonnes of the previous season while a total of 174 024 metric tonnes were sold to the local market.