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    • The Government remains committed to finding ways to support the local sugar industry, to ensure that it returns to 100 per cent profitability.
    • State Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Luther Buchanan said the viability of the sugar industry is of particular importance to citizens of sugar-dependent communities.
    • Mr. Buchanan noted that the Government will continue to work towards the establishment of a national enabling policy environment for the expansion of the sugar industry.

    The Government remains committed to finding ways to support the local sugar industry, to ensure that it returns to 100 per cent profitability.

    State Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Luther Buchanan, who spoke at a Field Day on the Holland Sugar Estate in St. Elizabeth, on October 16, said the viability of the sugar industry is of particular importance to citizens of sugar-dependent communities.

    “We, as a Government, continue to implement strategies which are geared toward the development and maintenance of a commercially viable sugarcane industry, led by the private sector,” the State Minister said.

    Mr. Buchanan noted that the Government will continue to work towards the establishment of a national enabling policy environment for the expansion of the sugar industry.

    “The activities to support the increase in cane production, productivity and efficiency is about marketing, pricing arrangements…and as we speak this aspect is in full swing,” the State Minister said.

    Mr. Buchanan pointed out that the sugar cane industry has been performing well over the years, even as the restructuring of the industry’s management takes place, and that sugar remains the largest foreign exchange earner in the agricultural sector.

    He said the Field Day, which was staged by J Wray and Nephew Limited, in collaboration with Newport Versan, will contribute to further improvements in production.

    During the Field Day, demonstrations on how to apply fertilizers and other agricultural chemicals were staged, while discussions on research, agronomy and plant physiology took place.

     

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