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Sugar industry dying

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler is warning that Barbados’ sugar industry will die in another two to three years and that is why it was vital for Government to go the direction of a multi-purpose factory that will do much more than produce sugar.

DSC_0042Delivering the feature address at the Barbados Agricultural Society’s annual general meeting at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre this morning, he said: “The window of survivability, in its present state, is only two to three years.”

The $400 million multi-purpose factory will be aimed at transforming the sugar industry, with the production of specialized and refined sugar and refined molasses geared to producing quality rum, and renewable energy production.

It will be located at the site of the old Andrews Factory in St Joseph and is expected to come on stream by 2016.

44 Responses to Sugar industry dying

  1. Jason Bowen
    Jason Bowen October 25, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    When will it start? We know all this already

  2. John Drakes
    John Drakes October 25, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    these polipoppits gonna stand stubborn against the legalization of weed because of political crap, but wait til the bigger countries turn it into a business like tobacco. Then it’ll be too late. a bunch uh cant-think-for-themselves-buhfoons

  3. Francis McClean
    Francis McClean October 25, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    A damn shame. Bdos without sugar cane on the landscape??? Culture gone clear. What would be left for pride. All we will be able to do soon is reminisce. Cropover festival still???

  4. Levi Mayers
    Levi Mayers October 25, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Lol lol lol lol lol o gosh @kim went

  5. Raymond Jones
    Raymond Jones October 25, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Should be dead longtime ago.

  6. Jason Cayenne
    Jason Cayenne October 25, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    This man like he late to the funeral.

  7. Mia Blackman
    Mia Blackman October 25, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Lol. Years now. He now realise this. Like he now wake up

  8. Hermine Alleyne
    Hermine Alleyne October 25, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Week and come again that’s old news.answer this where were you these past seven years???asleep!!!!!!!!!!’

  9. Mia Blackman
    Mia Blackman October 25, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    John Drakes about the weed thing tho. U really feel Barbados big enough to supply weed to those big countries. We can’t even supply our own cane and vegs. Plus our food import bill be high.

  10. David F. Cabral
    David F. Cabral October 25, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    There are times when you you read something and can only snicker and smile…….Chris, FYI, the sugar industry has not made a profit in over 30 years, its kept “alive” to bring in foreign exchange and seasonally employ hundreds….multi-purpose factory or not……nothing will change these facts.

  11. Mia Blackman
    Mia Blackman October 25, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    If u having a bad day all u gotta do is listen to this man. Pure

  12. Ryan Black
    Ryan Black October 25, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Dying? It was dead 20 years ago when I left that rock!

  13. Rudeboy Humble-Davis Brathwaite
    Rudeboy Humble-Davis Brathwaite October 25, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Them POLITICKING De people choking de citizens of BDS get and do as them like but God don’t like ugly I know 1 thing fo sho them got as many churches in Bim as them got Rum shops so my family going be alright serious thing happening.

  14. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock October 25, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Your party, help killed it with the words not another cane blade.

  15. Mia Blackman
    Mia Blackman October 25, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    They could find $400 million to fund this project which starts in two years but owe the ppl in Barbados real money and won’t pay them. Don’t care what project they start they act so stupid they’ll run it down.

  16. Dave Holder
    Dave Holder October 25, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    its been dead a long time now

  17. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce October 25, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Oh Lord, the Sinc needs unblocking it is overflowing. He stomach full that’s why he talking pure foolishness he’s been asleep too long.

  18. Irwin Walker
    Irwin Walker October 25, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Let us not bury it yet. The industry can still assist the rum industry which is still viable. We also have plenty bakers in Barbados so we can also look at refined products such as icing sugar.

    • Terry Clarke
      Terry Clarke October 26, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Irwin Walker We must first throw open our doors and allow immigrants who are skilled workers and experts in this industry to come in and help us redeem the industry. It does not take a UWI degree to determined this.

  19. Linda Freeman
    Linda Freeman October 25, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Every ass that wunna touch dying stuppsssse the only thing left to die now is the PEOPLE and that is if we left wunna there for another 3 years stuppssse I don’t know why the Nation always with wunna in it I am going to stop buying that too

  20. Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne
    Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne October 25, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Only the sugar industry dying?? Steuppppse…Bim dying…While DEM getting fat… just now they gonna need tailor made suits..

  21. Tête Ichirouganaim
    Tête Ichirouganaim October 25, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    If you want some free comedy, invite a politician to speak and when the speech is over, just feed the politician
    They will get on the microphone and pollute the place with utterances
    This current administration has been successful in reducing Barbados to a puff of smoke

    Misfits mismanaging the economy and funds of the public purse

  22. Angel Blossoms
    Angel Blossoms October 25, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Dying because he and his cronies are eating all and getting fat .

  23. Ouida Burnham
    Ouida Burnham October 25, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    The sugar wast,nt now dying it dead

  24. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha October 25, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    dem slow…..tourism dying too butt two tourists who wanted to kno placea of interests in bim and i was really stumped when only bout 3 or 4 come to mind that they wud really enjoy .. ..and it doesnt seem like they were that interested

  25. Donna Burnett
    Donna Burnett October 25, 2014 at 6:23 pm


  26. Dario Phillippe Barrow
    Dario Phillippe Barrow October 25, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    It dead like the DLP

  27. Dario Phillippe Barrow
    Dario Phillippe Barrow October 25, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    The site of this man dose make my skin walk

  28. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson October 25, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    That industry died a long time ago

  29. Robert Foster
    Robert Foster October 25, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    In February 2014 he said he expected that the 2014 crop would be better. Right. Better than the crop in 1652.

  30. Jacinta Lashley
    Jacinta Lashley October 25, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    So produce just enough sugar for Barbadian and stop importing sugar. Raw sugar is become popular around the globe now as more people are getting back into natural eating. So start producing raw brown sugar and exporting organic sugar.
    Good luck

  31. Randolph Sobers
    Randolph Sobers October 25, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    What are you doing about

  32. Ellie Brown
    Ellie Brown October 25, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Any educated person knew this 12 years ago

    • Terry Clarke
      Terry Clarke October 26, 2014 at 8:14 am

      Actually the ones coming out of UWI Cave Hill don’t seems to realized this since the 90s.

  33. Michael Rideout
    Michael Rideout October 25, 2014 at 9:41 pm


  34. Michael Rideout
    Michael Rideout October 25, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Was this guy born in a bag of sugar?

  35. Anna Lawrence
    Anna Lawrence October 26, 2014 at 5:27 am

    Agree 100% dey trow way de seed and still want harvest, lol stupid politicians smh

  36. Terry Clarke
    Terry Clarke October 26, 2014 at 8:13 am

    It was dying from when I was at school in the 90s, all what is happening now is a manifestation of what we failed to do and the non-sense we did by not allowing immigrants to enter our shores and help us develop this Billion Dollar Industry which so many countries have developed since the 80s. That’s all Mr. Minister of Finance.

  37. Rickie Nurse October 26, 2014 at 9:48 am

    When I say that these jackasses want tying out in the desert and leaving I am dead serious. This buffoon can come and tell us that in another two to three years our sugar industry will be dead.
    Yet clown IDIOT still approved a $400 million dollar redevelopement of Andrews Sugar factory to be a multipurpose sugar factory.
    From where are we going to be getting the canes to produce the sugar if the industry will be dead in two to three years?
    Where will we get the molasses to produce the rum? Are we going to be importing cane and molasses? Is this really economic common sense Mr. “Economist” Sinckler?
    That you will plunge this country further into debt trying to repay a loan for building a WHITE ELEPHANT that can’t trumpet.?
    Remember YOU are the one who have said that the factory will be ready inn 2016, which is the same time period that you have given for the remainding lifespan of the sugar industry.
    Then again you are just fulfilling the wish of your father who once said ” I want to see the day, when I can look from St. Lucy to St. Philip and not see a cane blade”.
    Do not burden us with a debt for a terminally I’ll industry as you so clearly stated.

  38. Movement of Concerned Citizens
    Movement of Concerned Citizens October 26, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Why would anyone believe these lying buffoons. Remember this project was supposed to start in January 2014 for 270m? Now is 2016 (God knows when) for 400m? Please stop publishing the NONSENSE AND LIES SPEWED FROM THE LIPS OF THESE BUFFOONS.

  39. Janos Wrathe
    Janos Wrathe October 26, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    If it did me, I wa cut down every last stalk ò sugar and plant food or marijuana fa the Barbadian public to sustain themselves. We don’t get much of it anyway, all does go to the EU, we does barely get d scraps. Slavery dun and wanna still dealing wid dis stupidness!!!

  40. Tony Waterman October 26, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    I remenber reading in the Royal Reader Book #3 or 4 (Can’t remember which one) about the Dog and the Bone, the Dog was crossing a Bridge, he looked over into the Water and saw a Dog with a Bigger Bone, so he dropped his Bone to go get the other dog’s Bigger Bone Only to realize that it was his Reflection magnified by the Water, of course re only realized what had happened when he looked again into the Water, and there he was with no Bone. these Buffoons Neglected the Sugar Industry(NOT A BLADE OF SUGAR CANE) for the Tourist Industry, only to finally realize that needed The one to Compliment the Other, so consequently they are BOTH Failing, and we ARE like a Boat in the Ocean with no POwer and hence, no way to control/Steer our Boat.
    @Rickie Nurse!!! I hope that people read This part of your Comment “”Remember YOU are the one who have said that the factory will be ready inn 2016, which is the same time period that you have given for the remainding lifespan of the sugar industry.
    Then again you are just fulfilling the wish of your father who once said ” I want to see the day, when I can look from St. Lucy to St. Philip and not see a cane blade”.
    Do not burden us with a debt for a terminally I’ll industry as you so clearly stated.

  41. bernard and india walker October 27, 2014 at 10:28 am

    OK learning new tricks for old ideas . New factory is awseome. 7 different hotel chains opening new rooms in Barbados . Must need sugar for something. Let’s see. 10 things i can say now .


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