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Agri ministry to meet with Appleton Estates and Algix management today

Published:Monday | February 1, 2016 | 9:04 AM

The agriculture ministry is to meet with the management of Appleton Estates and Algix Jamaica today as it seeks to resolve the issues which have led to the closure of the estate.

Operations at the sugar estate run by J. Wray & Nephew Limited have been put on hold following the injunction obtained by fish farm operator Algix Jamaica.

The factory was slated to open more than three weeks ago.

The move has sparked protests by concerned cane farmers who say their livelihoods will be affected the longer the situation drags on.

The agriculture ministry says it is not at liberty to get involved in a matter before the court.

But it says it is allowed to facilitate the mediation process between both parties.

The ministry says it will continue to do its best to facilitate a speedy resolution of the matter, given its sensitivity and the importance of the agricultural sector to the economy.