Agriculture minister commends management of Worthy Park Estate
The management of Worthy Park Estate Limited has been lauded for the high efficiency of the operations at its sugar factory in St Catherine by Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda.
The factory has an annual output of 28,000 tonnes derived from some 260,000 tonnes of milled sugar cane.
During a visit to the plant on Wednesday, the minister viewed the operations at the factory, packing facility and distillery, as well as cane cultivation and harvesting techniques.
Senior Managing Director Robert Clarke led the touring party, which also included Permanent Secretary Donovan Stanberry, other ministry officials, as well as representatives of Worthy Park.
Samuda said that the management's effort to enhance the operations, including notable technology inputs, has positioned it to "challenge any other facility of its type anywhere in the world".
"The packaging plant that was recently installed is state-of-the-art and offers a level of competition which is on par with those, not only in the Caribbean, but elsewhere in the world," he added.
Additionally, Samuda noted that the fields were in "excellent shape", pointing out that "the management is first-class and, as minister, it gives me a level of encouragement about the industry's future".
He said that he felt a "renewed sense of commitment" from stakeholders, such as the operators of Worthy Park, and commended them and others "who have stuck with sugar".
The minister dispelled doubts about the sugar industry's viability and urged "anyone who harbours any doubts ... to just forget them and get involved in the industry".
For his part, Clarke said that 55 per cent of the cane milled at Worthy Park was harvested from its 3,000 acres of land, with the remainder being supplied by small farmers in St Catherine and neighbouring Clarendon.