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Stop illicit cane burning – Samuda

Published:Tuesday | January 3, 2017 | 1:28 AM

Agriculture Minister, Karl Samuda has condemned the illicit burning of sugar cane in sections of the island.

The 2016-17 sugar crop season is currently underway.

Samuda says he has received reports of the illegal activity in Frome, Westmoreland, among other areas.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, he lamented the importance of the sugar industry to the country’s economy and to the families of cane farmers and described the illicit action as destructive and unpatriotic.

The agriculture minister is calling for the police to go after those who insist on destroying sugar cane fields.

 

Agriculture Minister, Karl Samuda

Local sugar manufacturers have projected an output of approximately 100,000 tonnes of sugar from the five sugar factories this year.