Farmers Sugar Price Dropped

Semarang, – farm gate price of sugar in Central Java back drop. Currently the price to Rp 9,470 per kilogram from Rp 10,050 per kilogram. Chairman of the Council Indonesian Sugarcane Plantation Association (APTRI) Java Sukadi Wibisono said sugar prices have tumbled since two months ago.
Drop in sugar prices due to transport cut sugar factory management. The process of cutting transport queue until the production process reaches four to five days. Whereas the standard should not be more than one day. The new cane harvested, transported for processing directly in the sugar factory.
“As a result, sugar yield decreased to 6% only. Whereas previously could be more than 7%,” he said on the sidelines of the auction sugar by traders, yesterday.
According to him, the sugar factory shall fix the cut freight management. So that the loss rate is very high yield does not occur. Queues at the sugar factory railway yard too long, can be up to two days. So the amount of sugar cane that has been harvested from the garden lot that is not transported. Amount of cane that is not transported and left alone in the garden, making the yield down.
“If calculated, with a 6% yield of the sugar mills are profit. However aggrieved farmers. If you like this, long-time farmers are not interested in planting sugar cane,” he said.
Yield is the level of sugar content in the sugarcane expressed in percent. Yield 10%, meaning that the 100 kilograms of sugar cane to sugar mills digilingkan be obtained as much as 10 pounds of sugar.
“Wet dry conditions had no effect on the quality of the yield. Due to the rain does not happen every day,” he said.
He said that the falling price of sugar in auction rate farmers are very concerned, because it would threaten the sustainability of the cultivation of sugarcane plantations in Central Java. Not to mention cutting labor costs and increasingly burdensome transportation rose growers.
“It is feared that self-sufficiency can not be achieved,” added Sukadi.
This year APTRI predict the amount of sugar cane production in the province will increase to 42 million quintals. Last year, the amount of sugar cane production by 35, 714 million quintals, and 2011, only about 30 million quintals.
Currently sugar mills are having entered the milling season until October 2013. Of eleven sugar factories in operation, production is highest in PG Trangkil at 50000-60000 quintals per day. Then followed PG Tasikmadu, Sragi, Rendeng, Pakis, Mojo, Pangkah, Jatibarang, Sumberharjo, Cepiring, and New Gondang.

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