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JAMAICA | PM calls for dialogue to address cultural practices affecting sugar cane industry

Prime Minister Andrew Holness Prime Minister Andrew Holness
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr. 2, CMC – Prime Minister Andrew Holness says there is need for dialogue with stakeholders in the sugar industry concerning cultural practices such as the burning of cane.

Holness, in delivering the main address at the official reopening of the Monymusk Sugar Factory in the central parish of Clarendon on Friday said the practice of burning cane led to the loss of more than 40 tonnes of cane in areas surrounding the factor recently.

SugarHe said the activity is as devastating the industry as a fall in the price of sugar.

Concerning the government’s involvement in the sugar industry, Holness said his administration will ensure effective management in the short term.

He said the intervention at the Clarendon-based Monymusk Sugar Factory has informed him that once effective management of the industry’s culture, money and technology is in place, sugar can survive.

“There is an economic opportunity here… and (an opportunity) to help with the management and production of the cane itself,” the Prime Minister said.

Last July, the Government, through the Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ) Holdings, entered into an interim agreement to operate the Monymusk factory to save thousands of jobs in the central parishes of St. Catherine and Clarendon after its owners, Pan Caribbean Sugar Company, indicated that they were not able to keep it open.

“In the next phase of our management intervention, we will continue, as best as possible, to support the capital development, but the long term is not for the Government to operate this plant,” he said.

Holness, who toured the factory with managers and workers, said it is “clear” to him that the skill sets exist at the facility to ensure the viability of the enterprise, and the Government will do its part to make sure that it is successful.

Last modified onSunday, 02 April 2017 11:00
  • Countries: Jamaica

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