Sugarcane Farms

Sugarcane grows to a height of about 6m and has stems that are 2 to 5 cm thick. It has been cultivated from stem cuttings since ancient times and some varieties of it do not produce fertile seeds. Most of the sugarcane in the world is harvested by hand. The cutting instrument most commonly used consists of a large steel blade about 50 cm, equipped with a small hook on the back, and set into a wooden handle. In South Africa the cane is burnt before harvesting. This supposedly increases the sugar content, but it also chases out the snakes that live in the fields and feed on the cane rats.

Sugarcane farming is very big on the South Coast, and it often seems that no matter which way you drive, you will find endless hills of sugarcane. Port Shepstone is home to the Umzimkulu Sugar Mill, which produces massive amounts of sugar cane each year, and employs hundreds of locals.

Last Updated (Friday, 11 April 2008 15:28)

 
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