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Jun 4, 2020

Sugar Industry in Crisis

Opposition Leader John Briceño says that the sugar industry in the north is in crisis. The A.S.R./B.S.I. factory at Tower Hill has temporarily halted milling due to the inclement weather. Loads of cane were covered with mud and during the grinding and milling process; the mud lessens the cane quality and damages the grinder. Milling is expected to resume after the waters recede. While the weather has adversely affected the industry, Briceño says that farmers are spending more than what they are being paid for a tone of sugar cane.

 

John Briceño

John Briceño, Leader of Opposition

“It slow down the delivery of sugar cane. So it has affected us but really what has caused a more negative effect on the sugar industry was the rains that we have been having last week and over the past weeks, this weekend. The sugar mill has decided to stop receiving cane because apparently it has too much mud in it. I know that there is a crisis right now because there are a number of farmers that had already cut their cane and we ready to deliver but did not make the cutoff date. And I am hoping that BSI will reconsider if they haven’t, I haven’t checked since this morning, to open their gates to allow the trucks that were already there to be able to deliver their cane. But we are going through a crisis, the price is low. The last estimate was about forty-seven dollars and some farmers are telling me that it costs them as much as fifty dollars to produce a ton of sugar cane.”


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