Appleton closure could be disastrous – Rickards
The chairman of the All Island Jamaica Cane Farmers Association, Allan Rickards, says the injunction against the operators of the Appleton Sugar Estate in St Elizabeth, J. Wray & Nephew, could mean disaster for the entire sugar industry, if an immediate solution is not found.
Operations at the sugar estate have been put on hold following the injunction obtained by fish farm operator Algix Jamaica.
Rickards says even the slightest delay to the crop year at Appleton could mean disaster for the entire sugar industry.
He says the situation is particularly grave based on the fact that the estate is designated to handle some of the canes from the Trelawny based Long Pond Estate, which is not processing any cane this season.
He notes that 65,000 to 70 tonnes of cane were slated to go to Appleton.
Rickards further notes that several communities in proximity to the Appleton Estate stand to lose spill over earnings from the estate.
The factory was slated to open three weeks ago.
For a second day today upset residents and displaced farmers blocked roadways in St Elizabeth as they call for the government to intervene.