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Jan 12, 2021

Sugar Cane Milling to Resume Later this Week

When will the milling at the B.S.I. factory at Tower Hill resume?  It is all dependent on the weather conditions – and the rains brought on by the weekend cold front aren’t promising.  But this afternoon, Minister of Agriculture Jose Mai says that it is expected to restart on Thursday or by the weekend.  Last Thursday, milling was suspended because of the wet condition of cane fields and sugar roads, delivery to the plant had been sporadic, and there was too much soil coming into the mills with the harvest.  On Monday, a meeting was held with all stakeholders, and the decision was taken to resume later this week. 

 

Jose Mai

Jose Mai, Minister of Agriculture

“We had a very bumpy start for three reasons. First, the weather was not on our side; it rained every day; stopped for two days, rain for two days – that was one of the main problems. Two, the sugar roads because it was raining. We had allocated finances to repair sugar roads, but the contractors could not get in. You saw the news where one of the turbines caught fire. That has been sent to Guatemala, I understand, to repair. There are other problems with the boiler that boiler number one’s leaking so they are working on that. But essentially the reason why we haven’t started fully is beucase of those three reasons, the weather hasn’t allowed us, the sugar roads, the farmers accessing the cane and the mill has some problems. So we are hoping that these days gave them time to repair the boilers and other retrofitting and at the same time we are working on the sugar roads putting in culverts.”


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