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Why not build sugar refinery?

Published:Monday | May 4, 2015 | 12:00 AM


I can't understand what all the fuss about the proposed tax on refined sugar is all about. The manufacturers want to have their cake and eat it, too.

None of them is importing refined sugar for the retail market, yet, every supermarket one goes into, it is well stocked with refined sugar. How do they explain that? Very simple. They're supplying the retail trade with this commodity. This is not leakage; it is haemorrhaging. The Government shouldn't take the easiest way out - by taxation. It should target supermarkets, and any uncustomed refined sugar found should be confiscated and a heavy fine imposed on the owners. Besides, all retail sugar in these establishments should be properly packaged and labelled.

The most practical solution is to build a state-of-art sugar refinery. Why can't Seprod and other businesses in Jamaica get together and build this refinery?


Westchester, New York