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Sugar to rake in US$80m this year says Samuda

Published:Friday | January 27, 2017 | 1:41 AM
Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda (left), converses with Chief Executive Officer, PetroCaribe Development Fund, Dr. Wesley Hughes, at the Jamaica Stock Exchange's 12th Regional Investment & Capital Market Conference on Wednesday.


The sugar industry is expected to contribute US$80 million in earnings to the economy this year. This is according to Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda.
He made the disclosure during his address at the Jamaica Stock Exchange’s (JSE) 12th Regional Investment and Capital Market Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Wednesday. The minister, in underscoring the importance of the sugar industry to Jamaica’s economy, noted that the sector continues to be a major employer, accounting for some 50,000 jobs.
He said sugar cane is one of the most resilient and consistent crops if grown under perfect conditions and managed properly.
“It is impervious to praedial larceny and very resilient to weather,” he pointed out.
Minister Samuda noted the need for diversification of the sector into areas such as ethanol production and cogeneration.
“It is the direction that, ultimately, we have to move in, but we must at this stage seek to do as well as we can with the production of sugar cane,” he said.
Meanwhile, the agriculture minister said there are 450,000 irrigable acres of agricultural land, of which only 12,500 is irrigated.
“There is no single greater priority to sustained agricultural development and hence economic development than the supply of adequate water to meet the needs of our farmers,” he said.
“We have decided to do what we can do to accelerate the process ... to get water to these areas,” he added.
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 The sugar industry is expected to contribute US$80 million in earnings to the economy this year. This is according to Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda.
He made the disclosure during his address at the Jamaica Stock Exchange’s (JSE) 12th Regional Investment & Capital Market Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Wednesday. The Minister, in underscoring the importance of the sugar industry to Jamaica’s economy, noted that the sector continues to be a major employer, accounting for some 50,000 jobs.
He said sugar cane is one of the most resilient and consistent crops if grown under perfect conditions and managed properly. “It is impervious to praedial larceny and very resilient to weather,” he pointed out.
Minister Samuda noted the need for diversification of the sector into areas such as ethanol production and cogeneration.
“It is the direction that, ultimately, we have to move in, but we must at this stage seek to do as well as we can with the production of sugar cane,” he said.
Meanwhile, the agriculture minister said there are 450,000 irrigable acres of agricultural land, of which only 12,500 is irrigated.
“There is no single greater priority to sustained agricultural development and hence economic development than the supply of adequate water to meet the needs of our farmers,” he said.
“We have decided to do what we can do to accelerate the process... to get water to these areas,” he added.