Vox pop for Western Focus
In light of the problems now facing the local sugar industry, residents of Clarke's Town, Trelawny, were asked if they believe the Government made the right decision when the industry was privatised nearly six years ago?
"No. Absolutely not. It was not a good decision and it would appear that those who were responsible for making the decision did not do the required due diligence. It is now quite clear that it was a mistake."
- Michelle Johnson, hotel worker
"The owners of Everglades Farms are great at horse racing, tourism and some other aspect of farming, but needed more experience for sugar. The government negotiators made a poor choice when they were chosen to operate Long Pond."
- Cleve Bailey, Overseas Employment Programme
"It was a very poor choice. The business of sugar demands experience. What is happening to the sector now is due to lack of experience by those who are involved."
- Delroy Anderson, cane farmer
"I did not think it was a good choice in the first place. In the case of the Husseys and the Long Pond Sugar Factory, it was just a bad choice. In my view, their greater interest is in horse breeding, not sugar.
- Orlando Mitchell, JUTA operator