According to the Sugar Industry Association in Guatemala (Asociación de Azucareros de Guatemala, Asazgua), Guatemala is currently the No. 1 exporter of sucrose in Latin America and the Caribbean. The country’s sugarcane planting spreads over 250,000 hectares. Due to the use of technology, multi-variety planting, effective irrigation and fertilizers, and overall treatment of diseases and insects, the sugar industry is the largest in Central America. At present, there are 14 main sucrose factories, which create 60,000 jobs and 350,000 part-time jobs every year during the harvest season.