CROOKES Brothers expects its headline earnings per share in the year to March to lift by a maximum of 39% from a year ago

The agricultural group on Tuesday attributed the improved financial performance to its deciduous fruit and banana operations, which compensated for the disappointing results in sugar operations.

The company said deciduous fruit and banana operations were driven by improving yields, higher prices and more deciduous orchards coming into production.

Earnings from sugar cane were down on 2015 as a result of drought that affected sugar cane yields.

The full-year results will be released on May 31.

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