SMALLER CUBA SUGAR CROP SEEN

SMALLER CUBA SUGAR CROP SEEN

Cuba's 1991-92 (October-June) sugar crop will not come close to the 7.5 million metric tons produced in 1990-91, a senior Cuban politician said.

Carlos Lage, a close adviser to President Fidel Castro and head of the executive committee secretariat of the Council of Ministers, said it would not be possible to reach or even get close to the 1990-91 figure, according to a sugar report released by F.O. Licht Thursday.Mr. Lage said the 1991-92 harvest had started late and had been plagued by many problems.

Mr. Lage said the sugar would be used mainly to buy food and crude oil, adding the country could expect to obtain only 6 million metric tons of oil, at best, for 1992.