Jamaica Cane Products Sales company upset over permit awarded to Golden Grove
The Jamaica Cane Products Sales (JCPS) is accusing the Sugar Industry Authority (SIA) of acting 'unfairly' in awarding a permit to the Seprod-operated Golden Grove Sugar Company in St Thomas to market its own sugar.
The JCPS is the marketing arm of the SIA.
Before getting the permit last September, Golden Grove would have had to sell its sugar to the JCPS for it to market domestically and internationally.
However, general manager of the JCPS, Karl James, says his agency was surprised by the move to grant Seprod marketing status.
According to him, the JCPS did not receive any notice of the decision, which he also claims was unfair to the factories for which the JCPS sells sugar.
However, the SIA is rejecting the claims, arguing that it had no obligation to inform the JCPS that it would have granted the permit to Seprod.
Meanwhile, chairman of the JCPS and former SIA head, Ambassador Derrick Heaven, believes the marketing framework has been compromised and needs to be revisited.
Golden Grove is the second company to be granted marketing status after Chinese business, Pan Caribbean Sugar Company, was given the go ahead to sell its own sugar almost six years ago after taking over government-owned sugar factories.