DROP IN SUGAR OUTPUT SEEN IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

DROP IN SUGAR OUTPUT SEEN IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

Southern Africa's leading sugar producers, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, are each anticipating a fall in output this 1995-96 season mainly as a result of declining regional rainfall.

South Africa, which usually produces about 2.1 million metric tons (2.3 million short tons), is looking at a reduced crop of probably 1.68 million metric tons in 1995-96 (April-March).According to the South African Sugar Association, late rains had affected cane quality, driving down yields.

Sugar available for export has fallen to around 400,000 metric tons

from around 800,000 tons per season normally.