Zambia Sugar Plc said Monday it anticipated a drop in sugarcane production from its planned 3.5 million tons to 3.0 million tons.

Rebecca Katowa, the company’s managing director, attributed the slump to a drought hitting part of Zambia and a power deficit, which resulted in increased power rationing, local media reports said.

She said frequent power cuts affected the company’s ability to irrigate the crop and that pests and diseases also harmed the production.

Situated in southern Mazabuka district, the company is held by South Africa’s Illovo Sugar with 82 percent of its shares.

In 2013/2014, the company produced nearly 400,000 tons of refined sugar. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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