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Sugar restructuring will bring better season

The delayed 2015 sugar harvest, which is finally scheduled to get underway on April 7, is expected to yield a reduced output but planting is taking place for a better season next year when restructuring of the industry is expected to move into full swing.

Minister of Agriculture Dr David Estwick also told reporters today at the Barbados National Agricultural Conference that because of revenue challenges, Government was not in a position to effectively assist farmers in their post crop management which has resulted in yields for the 2015 crop being less than previous years.

Dr David Estwick

Dr David Estwick

However, he confirmed that Government was expecting to have much more canes planted, better yields and output because the money farmers need for fertilizers and pesticide management was now available for a successful 2016 season.

“We are accepting that this year is not the critical year for us because we only got the financing from Ansa Merchant Bank this year so as to manage the field side of the entire Barbados Cane Industry restructuring project. Now that we have the money in hand, we are now planning to up the output for 2016,” he said.

12 Responses to Sugar restructuring will bring better season

  1. Kelly Fani Nicole
    Kelly Fani Nicole March 31, 2015 at 9:36 am


  2. Patrick Blackman March 31, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Is it against the law to wish that a minister of government be banned from opening his mouth?

  3. Ike Turner
    Ike Turner March 31, 2015 at 9:42 am

    When you people will pay the nis

  4. Kathie Daniel Fertur Lux
    Kathie Daniel Fertur Lux March 31, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Yes, but when????

  5. Miguel Carlos Jose Humphrey
    Miguel Carlos Jose Humphrey March 31, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Just more Politricks is all i see here

  6. Alex Alleyne March 31, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    When you can show me the LAND where all these canes will be grown then I will believe you . Every square foot of land in BIM going up for sale in house spots at sky rocket prices .

  7. Andrew Rudder March 31, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Sugar production should be also tied in with sustainable energy and alternative energy resources. Brazil is doing a great job of it with its sugarcane. I guess we have a front seat spectators’ view of their operation.

  8. Beverley Headley
    Beverley Headley March 31, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Why is anyone still listening to anything this joker has to say? He is a waste of taxpayers money!

  9. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce March 31, 2015 at 1:41 pm
  10. Steven Layne
    Steven Layne March 31, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Frankie believe in you I don’t want to see you work magic

  11. Jus Me March 31, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    When will Barbados ever discover “The road to Hell is paved with Good Intentions”?

    PLEASE good Doctor, stick to medicine.
    In medicine CORPSES get buried.
    Sugar is DEAD and stinking, BURY IT.
    WHY you are trying again with resusitacion even with “Good intentions” but ALL at OUR COST.

    The touted 400,000,000$ “state of the art” ;whatever that means;
    new sugar factory will be OUR Graves Headstone and YOUR place in the history of Barbados INFAMY.

    I really had no idea that being voted into Parliament also conferred an all enveloping wisdom on all matters.

    What the Hell do you know about sugar, its production, its demand, its price; ANY DAMNED THING to do with it.

    You must have been the sort of child Mummy could not go out and leave alone in the house ,in case you played with matches.

    I feel you would have done less damage with the matches than allowing you left alone with the Ministry of Agriculture, where you will, with “Good Intentions” ,send the whole country into the poorhouse.

  12. Patrick Blackman April 1, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    @Jut Me: could not have said any better, this minister is a fool.


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