No timeline for Appleton Estates reopening – agri ministry
The agriculture ministry says it cannot say when the Appleton Estates will be reopened although the management of the estate and Algix Jamaica seem committed to resolve the situation.
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 ministry met yesterday with both entities over the situation.
Permanent Secretary, Donovan Stanberry, told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the two parties appear to want to resolve the situation and continue to meet.
Meanwhile, Stanberry says he does not believe that the closure of the estate significantly affects sugar production.
He notes that the crop year which starts on January one typically ends in May.
However, he says with the closure of the estate, their production may have to pushed back to July.
He also says that is not uncommon.
Algix got the injunction after arguing that effluent from the Appleton Estate was entering its fish farm.
The move has sparked protests by concerned cane farmers who say their livelihoods will be affected the longer the situation drags on.