Australia's biggest sugar-producing state braces for severe cyclone
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Published Dec 8, 2023
Australia's largest sugar-producing state, Queensland, is preparing for the arrival of a category 4 cyclone named Jasper, which could potentially affect the sugarcane harvest for the 2023/24 season. The cyclone is currently located northeast of Cairns and could make landfall next week, with the greatest risk of impact between the cities of Cooktown and Mackay. Australia is one of the top 10 sugar producers in the world, and most of its production is exported to countries such as South Korea and Indonesia.
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According to local media this Friday morning, Jasper is categorized as a category 4 cyclone. It is currently located around 1,200 kilometers northeast of the city of Cairns, in the state of Queensland. It could make landfall next week. The sugarcane harvest for the 2023/24 harvest is completed or almost finished in most districts, but there are some lagging regions that could potentially be affected by the cyclone, depending on its severity and where it hits, according to a spokesperson. voice of the industrial group Canegrowers. The Tully, Mackay and Plane Creek regions are still expected to harvest cane next week, the source said. Australia's sugar production was estimated in November by the USDA at 4.10 million tonnes and most of it is exported to countries such as South Korea and Indonesia. The ...