Las Tunas sugar mills have reported high losses of harvesting time.

In Las Tunas, only 25 percent of the planned sugar has been produced, amounting to more than 61,000 tons, the largest quantity assigned to a territory in the country, according to Eddy Felipe Hechavarría, director of Azcuba's Coordination and Technical Supervision Group in the province.

Las Tunas, Cuba.- The executive listed the main obstacles as the intermittent entry of physical fuel, the lack of lubricants, mainly hydraulic, for machinery and industries, those destined for industrial gearboxes, and those needed by locomotives and cage cars.

The current struggle has had other obstacles in the industrial breakages that have persisted in the two mills committed to the plan, according to the assessment of the director of Azcuba, who detailed the problems in the receiving mat of the Majibacoa plant that paralyzed it for more than 15 days.

Meanwhile, at the "Antonio Guiteras," in Puerto Padre, he said, the major interruptions in the manufacturing process were caused by faults in the steam generation area and the mills.

In both cases, high losses of harvesting time have been reported, in the Majibacoa mill totaled 2,477 hours, 80.35 percent of the harvesting time; and the Puerto Padre mill accumulated 2,326.82 hours, which represents 83.25 percent of the harvesting time.

The non-allocation of fuel on the railways is another of the main causes of the lost time, and together these problems mean that the potential standard is 19 percent, very different from the planned 60 percent, and have extended the campaign to 128.46 days out of the 98 planned.

During these days, the harvest is paralyzed in the province due to a lack of lubricants for the industries, and for the harvesting and transfer equipment, both for automobile and rail transport, another of the reasons that have spoiled the objective of reaching the goal, understood as a strategic task for the country.

Felipe Hechavarría said the strategy is to continue milling the remaining days of May and make molasses in the Antonio Guiteras and Colombia mills, in June and July.