What’s the plan?

Sir Henry demands details on sugar spend

Independent Senator Sir Henry Fraser today demanded to know how Government intended to spend the $73 million which the administration was seeking to guarantee for the sugar industry.

The Senate today debated – and approved – a resolution to back a $73 million bond issue for the Barbados Agricultural Management Company to provide “working capital support to the company, and to provide funding to support the company’s expenses and costs relating to the Barbados Cane Industry Support Project”.

In his contribution to the debate Sir Henry said the resolution was lean on details of what the money would be used for, and he demanded to see a plan.

“Where is your business plan?” he asked.

“What do you want this money from us for? What are you going to do with it? I’m not seeing that in this resolution.

“I’m not exactly clear what this $73 million has been spent on, or will be spent on. General references were made . . . [but] I’m not sure whether this is to cover losses, to cover development, exactly how that will go. If I were a businessman, I would want to see the business plan as to where the money is going,” he added.

Sir Henry contended that the decline in the sugar industry, and agriculture generally, was proof that those areas of production had not been efficiently managed; therefore, Barbadians would be interested in “some degree of transparency”.

In response, Government’s point person in the Senate Maxine McClean said it was not normal for such a resolution to include a business plan.

However, Government Senator Darcy Boyce explained that some of the funds would go to farming on agricultural lands that are now idle, and some would be spent on raising the sugar yield from the canes.

10 Responses to What’s the plan?

  1. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock December 15, 2016 at 3:25 am

    I’ve never seen a government trying to get rid of money as fast as this government and they ain’t even got a bucket ah ice that if it melted yuh still have icewater

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  2. Tony Webster December 15, 2016 at 4:04 am

    Sir Henry is right on target: the way “plans”, gobbley-gook, and “cake tomorrow” are all lumped-together and dressed-up and presented routinely in Parliament, is shameless. This money and other similar adventures, could either be already spent, or owed with the creditors about to sue….or it could be tied up in a nice M.O.U. , a bowl of soup, or a formal contract. The Devil, as usual, rests very comfortably, in the detail.

    The future of our sugar industry / agriculture in general, indeed has huge implications, both for good, and for encumbering us with another White Elephant if not done well. The obvious obfuscation surrounding it is,ironically, very clear!!

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  3. Boyce Jr Angus
    Boyce Jr Angus December 15, 2016 at 4:18 am

    Smh….Max Maclean’s and shows the lack of vision & competence of this government…. All this money being spent by government is to what ends?nobody knows. They just asking ,borrowing & begging & taking funds from any which way & as far as anyone can see they are wasting it because nothing is being maintained furthermore bearing fruit….smh

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  4. Bajan Positve Brian
    Bajan Positve Brian December 15, 2016 at 5:59 am

    Broke but spending good money behind bad. Borrowing for sugar and tourism but will not invest in the healthcare system, public transportation or pretty much none of the social services. Then they wonder why people in Barbados angry.
    Face the fact that sugar is dead and that tourism in its present form just may not survive.
    Vision is required and not to double down on what is clearly not working.

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  5. Danny Colombian Clarke
    Danny Colombian Clarke December 15, 2016 at 6:39 am

    This government must feel ppl stuiped . The money coming from BNOC was to go directly to the QEH to improve it . That pipeline must be block because it ain’t get from St Phillip to St Michael yet . Only improvement coming at the hospital has been via private donations

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  6. Danny Colombian Clarke
    Danny Colombian Clarke December 15, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Also when the rating agencies were giving us downgrade after downgrade the MOF could not be bothered . Rather than trying to fix it he called them liars . Yea he can now come back and say that the downgrades yes the same downgrades he could not be bothered about are in fact giving Barbados serious challenges in getting loans or rather loans that would carry an easier repayment plan. Also where is the money going ? Not on roads / buildings / schools / buses / SSA / MTW / Sewage system / QEH / tax and vat returns etc . In fact the entire country is falling apart . What’s really being done with the money ? What’s being done about the MP’s that signed off on the Cahill deal ?Or rather a sham deal with ppl that dont even have a fixed address or even built an out house in their life . Where is the transparency ?

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine December 15, 2016 at 11:50 pm

      You really have time to recollect the jackass pronouncements of the MOF. The first time he and the Prime Minister attacked the rating agencies for their down grades of Barbados I knew right there and then that we were in serious trouble with this double standard lot. The moment that I saw their uncontrollable urge to spend spend and spend, to borrow, borrow and more borrowing, I knew that we were in serious trouble. Look where we are now, in serious ramgeorge trouble. Even the sewage has come a calling.

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  7. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock December 15, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Sugar dead and so too would a lot of services in Bim!

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  8. Helicopter(8P) December 15, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Senator Boyce ! Thank you for your correspondence on the said matter ! Protocol on the subject matter should be to have a business plan on such details! Having so done;will keep negatives out of the way of things and give logical guide lines to subject business interest.

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  9. greg Norville December 16, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Bajan’s really got a short memory,(the diference between the white B.L.p.) & the( black Dem’s is this )the blp would tell you i putting you in this deep hole, & they will give you a ladder to go down in to the
    hole.(the D.L.P. would not tell you)( but they would lead you blind
    folded to the deep hole)( then kick you in the ass hard enough to land you in the hole) & when ya hit the bottom, either ya neck,ya feet,or ya hand’s breck so ya staying just where ya is.

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