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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.

19 Responses to Barbados in danger of losing sugar crop, minister says

  1. Nelson Darwin
    Nelson Darwin April 16, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    You mean the one that looses money every year ?

  2. Veronica Straker
    Veronica Straker April 16, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Finally someone says something of substance and of all people looked who it came from. What’s the saying about a bad boy……..

  3. Tony Webster April 16, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Where, dear Lord, shall we tax-paying cockroaches safely go, to watch two goriliphants wrestle?

  4. Santini More
    Santini More April 16, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I am sure that now that the matter is in the hands of our amazingly competent Minister of labour, the matter will be resolved in hours….Or possibly not!

  5. Beverly Gerber
    Beverly Gerber April 16, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Oh please WHAT next ????? Do they want to ruin the country?????

  6. Ian Matic Gale
    Ian Matic Gale April 16, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    The BWU is dead wrong in this impasse.. I hope they take full responsibility for putting de final nail in de sugar industry’s coffin..

    Those Andrew’s workers were getting paid for months n not driving a stroke of work since de factory closed last year..

    If they get enhanced packages then de govt gotta do de same for all 3000+ who were retrenched..

  7. David F. Cabral
    David F. Cabral April 16, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Barbados needs to get out of the sugar industry….it’s operates at million dollar loses every year and is a massive burden on the tax payers of Barbados.

  8. David F. Cabral
    David F. Cabral April 16, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I wonder if any Barbadian knows how many of their tax dollars (and multiply that by decades) goes to subsidies this inept and unproductive “industry”.

  9. David F. Cabral
    David F. Cabral April 16, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I bet if they found that out we’ll be shouting…..shut it down…shut it down…..ignorance is bliss!

  10. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder April 16, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Very sad day in BARBADOS history an too think sugarcane is what build this Nation I’m ashamed of my country an its leadership an the head man running the country allways hiding from the matters at hand lord save we,an the MPs that can help or laugh at by persons with no vision sad day in the history of BIM we light goin out or the man running the country putting that light under a bush…..

  11. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder April 16, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    With out a vision we will go under fast…

  12. Doria Alleyne
    Doria Alleyne April 16, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    hope the union is paying these people,they stop from working.

  13. Prince Nick
    Prince Nick April 16, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Ms hollywood had 3 bites at the cherry and cant get this resolve much for Min of Labor

  14. Prince Nick
    Prince Nick April 16, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Cant get the lil porakey foreign exchange we need wuhloss we all need bush baths in this country we gone to dawgs

  15. Greitcha Smith
    Greitcha Smith April 16, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Yes Minister,my that would be very sad indeed? Investment down the drain!

  16. Joseph Harding April 16, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    I have been saying for months now, trade unions in Barbados have too much power. The government needs to bring legislation to parliament to force the unions not to have strikes willynilly. These so called trade unions are only looking out for themselves.

  17. RedWorker April 16, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    What is to lose, we do this each year and now each day (144000.00)

  18. dd smith April 17, 2014 at 9:46 am

    you can only blame, the Barbados government and people, for the failure of the sugar industry, they stood by year after year,just waiting and praying like everything else for divine intervention.


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