Barbados in danger of losing sugar crop, minister says
Agriculture Minister Dr David Estwick is warning that Barbados is on the verge of losing its entire sugar crop.
As the impasse between the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) and the Barbados Agricultural Management Company (BAMC) continued today, Dr Estwick called for resolution.
Workers at the Portvale Sugar Factory have been on strike a week ago in solidarity with 57 workers who were laid off from the Andrews Sugar Factory.
The union is demanding an apology from the BAMC over the manner in which it laid off those workers as well as enhanced severance packages.
“It would be a travesty to start a crop to earn foreign exchange and someone can tell me they want an apology. We are on the precipice of losing the entire sugar crop. You cannot do this to Barbados now,” Dr Estwick said this afternoon at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre where an agricultural symposium took place.
The Agriculture Minister said he had spoken to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Labour Minister Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo to day and he was hoping for a resolution by the end of the day.
If not, he said, there was a contingency plan in place.
He, however, gave no details.