Sugar Industry on the Rebound

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMontego Bay, Jamaica, January 24, 2017 – Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, says the Government’s decision to step in and save the sugar sector is starting to reap rich dividends.   According to the Minister, sugar will contribute some US$80 million (J$10 billion) in earnings this year, a far cry from the struggling sector it was only a year ago. “We have saved an industry for the betterment of the country.  God has blessed us and we are coming out on the right side. It also employs 50,000 hard-working Jamaicans,” Mr. Samuda informed.The Minister was speaking at the recent press launch of the Jamaica International Exhibition (JIE) trade show at the Montego Bay Convention Centre at Rose Hall in St. James.  Mr. Samuda said that despite all the obstacles his Ministry faced in the early days of assuming portfolio responsibility, the sugar industry and its workers have proven to be very resilient and the sector is now on the verge of a comeback of monumental proportions.  “When we got here, which is not even a year yet, the first problem we encountered was the closure of the Monymusk Sugar Factory,” the Minister noted.  “We were able to keep it open, albeit with creative financing and deals made here and there.  This year, however, we are going to have perhaps one of the best crops we have had in years.   And, it is going to be run at the field level…at the farm level by Jamaican farmers,” he said.Mr. Samuda pointed out that Jamaica has been fortunate on two scores, in that there has been a lot of rainfall which has put the sugar sector back in good stead; and that the price of sugar has moved from US$370 per ton to almost US$600, “which will translate this year into a gain of US$9 million just for price.”Meanwhile, the Minister said that Jamaican consumers can now be assured that the sugar they buy at the supermarket will be of certain integrity and standard.  “We have taken steps that have now been gazetted into law.  The manufacturers of sugar will now have a better chance to market the sugar on the local market without having the unfair competition from sugar brought in from all parts of the world. We don’t even know where or the conditions under which it had been manufactured,” he said.Mr. Samuda said the Government is working with the private sector to iron out all the logistics where everything will be in place by July.  “I don’t share the view of some pessimists that the sugar industry cannot serve Jamaica well. All the evidence is showing that it can,” the Minister said. ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday August 29th

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From 5-7 P.M.National politics with Byrd and Breeze, that is political strategist Catalina Byrd and commentator Sean Breeze, including thoughts on Clinton and Trump debate prep and Clinton’s trusted aide, Huma Abedin’s separation from Anthony Weiner and the impact on the Clinton campaign. Plus, reporting on The White House assist to Baltimore through back channels, with Baltimore Sun reporter John Fritze.
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Thailand ahoy

first_imgLike every year, this year again on 7 July, students of United Group of Institutions are on their International Summer Education workshop at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. UGI aims to develop highly talented and committed professionals who can play lead role in the corporate world at global environment.80 students from various courses like MBA, PGDM and B.Tech were shortlisted on the basis of their academic performance, on-line selection test and final personal interview round. Along with them eminent faculty members are also on tour for assisting the students with ever ready mentorship and guidance. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This tour aims for management students to explore their knowledge and enhance managerial skills like team management, leadership, decision making skill, total quality management, stress management & develop their overall interpersonal skills. While engineering students from different branches gets in depth practical session on Computer Science, Industrial system engineering, remote sensing, telecommunication, mechatronics, geographical information system, water engineering management and various updates on emerging trends and technological advancements in their respective branch/stream.last_img read more

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