According to Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, repairs are underway at the Long Pond Sugar Factory in Trelawny. The government recently announced that it will be temporarily taking over operations at the Clark’s Town based sugar factory. Everglade Farms, the private operators of the factory, had suspended operations at the factory for the current crop season.
From the JIS:
Repairs are underway at the Long Pond Sugar Factory in Trelawny to facilitate the re-start of operations.
Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, said the work should be completed within the next three weeks.
Minister Samuda was addressing a press conference at his New Kingston offices earlier this week, where he announced that the Government-owned Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ) Holdings will temporarily take over the operations of the factory located in Clark’s Town.
He informed that a sum of $212 million, which was previously set aside for the transportation of cane, will be used to fund the temporary operations.
Long Pond Sugar Factory is operated by Everglades Farm Limited, which had indicated in mid-2015, that due to severe financial constraints, it would not be able to operate the factory in the current crop year.
Arrangements were made for Worthy Park in St. Catherine and Appleton Estate in St. Elizabeth to process all the cane from the Trelawny area.
Minister Samuda said that the failure of Appleton to commence operations so far, due to a court injunction “has now made it imperative for Long Pond to be opened to rescue the over 90,000 tonnes of cane in Trelawny not yet reaped and secure the future of the industry in that parish.”
The Minister made it clear that the arrangement was short-term. He noted that while the Government is not in a position to re-enter the cane business “we could not turn our backs on the cane workers of this country.