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Agri ministry meets again with Appleton and Algix over estate closure

Published:Monday | February 15, 2016 | 2:25 AM

The Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry will meet today with representatives of Appleton Estates and Algix Jamaica in another effort to have the estate reopen. 

Permanent Secretary, Donovan Stanberry, says he will be meeting with the parties at the ministry. 

He says the meeting is scheduled for 10:30. 

Stanberry also told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that both parties have been talking through their lawyers. 

But he says despite the meetings, the issue can only be resolved through the courts. 

Operations at the Appleton Estate run by J. Wray & Nephew Limited have been on hold since January following an injunction obtained by fish farm operator Algix Jamaica.

Algix got the injunction after arguing that effluent from Appleton was entering its fish farm.

The move had sparked protests by concerned cane farmers who said their livelihood would be affected.

The Agriculture Ministry says it does not believe the closure of the estate will significantly affect sugar production.