AGRICULTURE - Jean Boulle Group
Omnicane Agriculture owns and manages some 3,000 hectares of land under sugarcane cultivation and around 2,800 hectares are harvested annually. Omnicane produces about 225,000 tonnes of sugarcane per annum.
Sugarcane requires a substantial amount of water to grow to an optimal size. When sugarcane is ready for harvesting it stands about 2 metres tall, this occurs between 14 and 18 months after planting. The harvest takes place between June and December when rainfall is less frequent.
At Omnicane, 65-70% of the harvesting is done mechanically using specialised industrial equipment.
The sugarcane mill at La Baraque annually produces around 135,000 tonnes of Plantation White Sugar for the refinery, 400,000 tonnes of bagasse for our main cogeneration power plant and 45,000 tonnes of molasses for our bioethanol distillery.
Using energy-saving diffuser technology for juice extraction, the sugarcane mill processes 1.3 million tonnes of sugarcane a year and has a daily milling capacity of 8,500 tonnes.