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Agri minister to do everything to keep Monymusk Sugar Factory afloat

Published:Monday | March 14, 2016 | 5:05 PM
Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda.

Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda has given a commitment to keep the Monymusk Sugar Factory in Clarendon afloat and in the process save hundreds of jobs in Southern Clarendon.

The factory operated by the Chinese-owned PanCaribbean Sugar Company has been struggling financially.

In January the company announced that the positions of 279 sugar workers were being made redundant.

Yesterday, Samuda met with the management of the sugar factory, the Member of Parliament, Rudyard Spencer and former president of the Clarendon Cane Farmers Association, Dr Horace Charoo.

He said the planned closure of the factory will be disastrous for the parish and he was holding the meeting because of the urgency of the situation in the sugar industry, and in particular at Monymusk.

However, Samuda was tight-lipped on specific details of the meeting.

He complained that if his predecessor had taken actions to resolve what he called the growing problem in the industry, issues with Monymusk and elsewhere would be far easier to hurdle now.

He said he would be discussing the matter with his Cabinet colleagues when they met today.