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  • Minister of State for Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Luther Buchanan, says interventions such as the Cane Expansion Fund and investments in field and factory rehabilitation, have led to a 22 per cent increase in cane production in the last crop year.
  • He adds that production has in fact moved up by more than 300 per cent over the past three years.
  • Mr. Buchanan was addressing the annual general meeting of the All-Island Jamaica Cane Farmers’ Association, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, on November 6.

Minister of State for Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Luther Buchanan, says interventions such as the Cane Expansion Fund and investments in field and factory rehabilitation, have led to a 22 per cent increase in cane production in the last crop year.

He adds that production has in fact moved up by more than 300 per cent over the past three years.

Mr. Buchanan was addressing the annual general meeting of the All-Island Jamaica Cane Farmers’ Association, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, on November 6.

“This is simply phenomenal,” Mr. Buchanan remarked. The 2013/14 crop year, which began on December 8, 2013, and ended on July 21, 2014, resulted in 15,436 tonnes of sugar being produced by six factories across the island.

According to the Association’s annual report, the total amount of cane delivered by farmers for the crop year was 744,394 tonnes, which represent an increase of 30 per cent over what was delivered for 2013.

Meanwhile, registration of farmers with the Sugar Industry Authority for all factory areas has been completed, with the exception of Frome.