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Despite problems, Jamaica can meet its sugar obligations for 2016 - Karl James

Published:Thursday | April 21, 2016 | 9:22 AM
Chairman of the Sugar Association of the Caribbean Karl James says Jamaica will make its first shipment of some 24,000 tonnes to the European Union by the end of this week.

Chairman of the Sugar Association of the Caribbean (SAC) Karl James says despite the problems facing the local sugar industry he is confident that Jamaica will be able to meet its local, regional and international sugar obligations.

James says Jamaica has until the end of September to supply 12,570 tonnes of sugar to the US.

But he says Jamaica is hoping to meet the US quota by the end of next month.

James also says Jamaica will make its first shipment of some 24,000 tonnes to the European Union by the end of this week.

He says after Jamaica meets its local quota of some 50,000 tonnes, the island will be able to sell some sugar to CARICOM.

 

SAC chairman Karl James

Jamaica's sugar industry has been facing many problems in recent times forcing the government to craft an intervention strategy for the Long Sugar Pond factory in Trelawny and the Monymusk factory in Clarendon.

Last week, Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda announced that the ministry is looking to sell sugar to CARICOM countries, as a means of safeguarding the island's sugar industry.

According to Samuda, one Jamaican sugar company has already started to export to the CARICOM region.