HAVANA.- Fitomas-M, a sugar cane ripener developed in Cuba, used to accelerate the ripening process, is today a firm friend of those cultivating this crop and according to experts here in the capital, it contributes to increased sugar yields per area.
Notable benefits of the product were reported in sugar mills in Cuba, Mexico and Uruguay, where it had been applied experimentally.
Ripeners are very frequently used in cane fields because of their ability to induce physiological changes in the grass and induce sugar accumulation without seriously affecting production.
They are used to accelerate the cane sucrose ripening process and time the harvesting of the raw material in accordance with the mill’s refining schedule, which results in enhanced industrial performance.
Luis Galves, director of the Cuban Institute of Sugar Cane Derivatives (ICDICA in Spanish) that developed Fitomas-M, told The Havana Reporter that the majority of such products in use around the world are chemical compositions and carry the troublesome risk of harming the plantation and wider environment through defoliation or desiccation.
The director explained that “unlike chemical alternatives, ours is a natural product with a positive ecological impact”.
Galves added that because of its nature, it reduces spillage and water source contamination risks, in addition to not being harmful to insect life and biodiversity in general.
On the basis of the favorable trial results, the Azcuba sugar group, to which ICIDEA belongs, decided to employ it in each of their provincial companies for the 2014/15 harvest, resulting in reduced production costs.
It also produced a yield of more than 22,000 tons, increasing the evaluated indicators, among them being Brix, purity, maturity and industrial performance.
On learning about the benefits of Fitiomas-M, Mexican and Uruguyan sugar producers with links to Cuba through ICIDEA and the National Institute for Sugar Cane Research (INICA in Spanish) expressed an interest in testing it for the harvest of the cane plantations of their respective mills.
According to the INICA experts who oversaw the experiment and the management of the Motzorongo and Alur refineries in Mexico and Uruguay respectively, its application produced better results than similar commercial products.
The six trials carried out in diverse areas of sugar cane belonging to the Motzorongo refinery, confirmed an enhanced agricultural performance induced by the product and its low or non existent physiological and environmental impact.
In comparison to a frequently applied standard product in Uruguay, Fitomas-M also produced good results in the cane plantations of the Alur mill.Share on FB Share on TT