60 Kilometres of Cane Roads to be Rehabilitated

Photo: Melroy Sterling Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda (3rd left), signs contract totalling $240 million to rehabilitate 60 kilometres of cane roads between Long Pond in Trelawny and the Appleton sugar factory in St. Elizabeth, today (February 28), at the Ministry’s Hope Gardens offices, in St. Andrew. Others (from left) are Director of Stone Plus Limited, Clinton Campbell; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Donovan Stanberry, and Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson.

Story Highlights

  • The Government is spending $240 million to rehabilitate 60 kilometres of cane roads between Long Pond in Trelawny and the Appleton factory in St. Elizabeth.
  • The work will be undertaken over the next two financial years under the Cane Haul Roads Rehabilitation Project.
  • The project will be done in two phases. The first will be undertaken from Deeside to Shaw Castle in Trelawny and in phase two, from Arcadia-Elderslie to Jointwood in St. Elizabeth.

The Government is spending $240 million to rehabilitate 60 kilometres of cane roads between Long Pond in Trelawny and the Appleton factory in St. Elizabeth.

The project will connect the two major sugar-producing areas, with sugar cane being transported to the Appleton factory for processing.

The work will be undertaken over the next two financial years under the Cane Haul Roads Rehabilitation Project.

“To get from Long Pond to Appleton is a very tedious task. With the improvement of the road, it will make a tremendous difference in travel time and the general efficiency of moving the cane to the factory,” said Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda.

He was speaking at the signing ceremony for the project at his Hope Gardens offices in St. Andrew, today (February 28).

The Minister emphasised that it is crucial to have access to more than one sugar estate, so that when one is not functioning fully, no cane is lost.

“More importantly, the small farmers who spend a lot of time and energy in getting their cane, need to have it milled as quickly as possible, so that they can get paid,” Mr. Samuda said.

The project will be done in two phases. The first will be undertaken from Deeside to Shaw Castle in Trelawny and in phase two, from Arcadia-Elderslie to Jointwood in St. Elizabeth.

The contract has been awarded to Stone Plus Limited.

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