Gordon Clarke, director and distillery manager at Worthy Park, said most of the damage was at the Lluidas Vale fields, which is where the majority of the cane delivered to the factory is planted. The estate also plants on lands at Bog Walk and Caymanas Estates.
Clarke said the area was affected by mostly wind, which "does not kill the cane but it will affect the yields".
Overall, this will lower the sucrose content of the cane.
"We are estimating that the reduced yield could mean a drop in revenue of over J$160 million as we will make maybe about 2,000 tons of sugar less, using the current prices," said Clarke.
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Haiti, already weakened by the 2010 earthquake probably suffered the most damage of any country.
The story keeps repeating itself in each of the Caribbean islands. Directly, it doesn't appear that there was much damage to the distilleries, but the nearly ready for harvest sugar cane crop throughout the region was damaged severely. Let's hope that this is the end of the 2012 Hurricane stories, we really don't need any more damage like what Sandy has brought upon the areas of the Caribbean and the Eastern United States.