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The transformation of the sugarcane industry is to be bolstered by an injection of $1.8 billion into the Sugar Transformation Project in 2009/10.
In the 2009/10 Estimates of Expenditure, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has stated that the overall goal of the project is to achieve an effective transition of the industry to a sustainable sugar cane sector by 2015.
The three strategic objectives under the transformation project are: to develop a sustainable private sector led sugar cane industry by 2015; strengthen the economic diversification, social resilience and environmental sustainability of sugar-dependent areas; and maintain progress towards macro-economic goals.
There are five physical targets for the sugar transformation project in this next financial year: development of an administrative system; preparation of key studies, such as individual assessment and training of displaced sugar workers; capacity building for the Government of Jamaica; and the Sugar Area Development Programme, which will oversee disbursement of redundancy to former employees of the Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ).
The Sugar Transformation Project is funded by the Government of Jamaica and the European Union.

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