With one month into the 2010/11 sugar crop season, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, is optimistic that the production target of 150, 000 tonnes will be reached.
The figure is 27,000 tonnes more than the 123,000 tonnes produced in 2009/10. Speaking at the official launch of the season at the Frome Estate in Westmoreland on January 7, the Minister said that measures have been put in place to achieve the target including ensuring that the season started on time.
Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton (3rd left), listens as Chief Operating Officer of Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ) Holdings, John Gayle (2nd left) explains the procedure for the processing of sugar cane, during a tour of the factory at Frome Sugar Estate in Westmoreland on Friday (Jan. 7). Representatives from COMPLANT International, the company slated to take over ownership of Frome in August this year, were also on the tour.