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Samuda says $800m will be spent on roads in sugar cane belt

Published:Tuesday | July 12, 2016 | 7:50 PM
Karl Samuda ... 80 kilometres of cane roads would be improved.

Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda has disclosed that the Government will be spending almost $800 million to rehabilitate roads sugar cane areas.

Closing the sectoral debate in the House of Representatives this afternoon, Samuda said the road works are to be carried out under the Sugar Transformation Programme.

He said 80 kilometres of cane roads would be improved.

Some $63.7 million is to be spent in the Worthy Park sugar-dependent area while $70.6 million will go towards roads in the Monymusk sugar-dependent area.

In the meantime, $181 million will be spent to rehabilitate roads in the Bernard Lodge area.

The Agriculture Minister has also announced that arrangements have now been made by the government to operate the Monymusk Sugar Factory through Sugar Company of Jamaica Holdings.

He said, to date, more than 2,000 tonnes of sugar have been produced at Long Pond and the reaping of all cane will be completed by the end of August.