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Local sugar industry still struggling

Information has emerged which shows the local sugar industry is still struggling to recover from the problems which have been plaguing it.
 
It has been revealed that for the 2017/2018 crop year, 1,028,000 tonnes of sugar cane was milled from which 78,800 tonnes of sugar was produced.
 
This was a decline when compared with the previous crop year in which more than 1.1 million tonnes of sugar cane was milled which yielded 84,300 tonnes of sugar.
 
According to the recently tabled Economic and Social Survey Jamaica, the decline was due largely to problems experienced with the harvesting of sugar cane as a result of the shortage of cane cutters and haulage equipment.
 
Subsequently, sugar cane supply declined by 9.1 per cent.


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