Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Something so sweet can be really painful

Have you ever thought about the work that goes into harvesting sugar?  Well, to harvest sugar, you first have to wait for the sugar cane to be about two to four metres high.  This takes about 12 to 16 months.

From there, the sugar cane is removed of it's leafy top (There is no sugar in it).  The rest of the sugar cane, also known as cane stalks, is then cut into small lengths called 'billets'.

Now, this next step used to be really painful.  That's because of the manual labour involved in harvesting sugar.  The sugar cane stalks are very tough to cut, as a result, many accidents happen.  Furthermore, the cane itself is very rough on the hands when handled.

Even with the above, there is another danger of sugar - fire.  Before sugar canes can be harvested, the whole crop is lit on fire so kill any insects, snakes, weeds, etc.  The fire itself doens't harm the sugar cane.

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