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Government committed to sugar survival - Kellier

Published:Saturday | February 20, 2016 | 2:00 AM
Derrick Kellier

Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Derrick Kellier said that the Government is committed to ensuring the survival of the sugar industry.

Speaking recently in Falmouth, Trelawny, Kellier noted that the sector is facing challenges, including price cuts and factory closure, which has resulted in the displacement of workers. He said that the Government would continue to work with stakeholders to address the difficulties and ensure that stability is returned to the sector in the shortest possible time.

The minister said that the plans going forward include "transforming the industry from a sugar industry to a sugarcane industry", with a focus on multiple products such as raw sugar molasses, refined sugar, and ethanol.

"We need to look at the by-products that we can garner from the sugar cane; the bagasse that we will use to generate energy as a renewable resource, the production of ethanol ... so that we can earn from other sources," he pointed out.