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No shortage of brown sugar, says Cane Farmers' Association

Allan Rickards, Chairman of the Association and board member of Jamaica Cane Products Sale
 
The All-Island Jamaica Cane Farmers' Association has said there is currently no shortage of brown sugar in the retail trade.
     
Callers to the RJR News have been complaining of a shortage of brown sugar. They say they have not been able to access the product or have been getting little supply.  
     
But speaking with RJR News, Allan Rickards, Chairman of the Association and board member of Jamaica Cane Products Sale, said there is ample supply of the sweetener, with JCPS alone having "enough brown sugar to satisfy the country's requirement."
 
"There is a sufficiency of supply of sugar, period - brown and refined -  to satisfy the Jamaican market and some," he declared.  
 
"We cannot speak for the other marketing entities, namely Pan Caribbean and Golden Grove Seprod, but I have a feeling that they also have a sufficiency of supply," he added.
 
The Government on July 1 implemented revised standards for the sale of brown and granulated sugar.  
 
Mr. Rickards has hinted that this could be the reason some consumers may be finding it difficult to access brown sugar because of the actions of several delinquent players in the industry.
 
"We are aware that because people are still trying to beat the packaging system that some people are playing some games," he purported. 


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