Posted: Monday, March 23, 2020. 7:47 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Already off to a late start due to the lingering effects of a drought last year, the sugar industry can ill afford any more lost production time.
And so in a press statement, while it acknowledges “taking every precaution to protect all stakeholders, employees and work environment to prevent (the) spread” of coronavirus, it does not have plans to shut down operations at Tower Hill in Orange Walk or it’s offices elsewhere.
“Given the importance of the northern sugar industry to the social and economic well-being of the country, the BSI Tower Hill Sugar Mill feels an additional layer of responsibility to continue receiving sugarcane to produce sugar and supply electricity to the National Grid,” it explains.
BSI promises to work with all stakeholders to ensure that business is not interrupted and that the country’s sugar supply which it provides exclusively remains steady, as does export to other countries, sorely needed with tourism expecting a prolonged slump.
The season started in mid-January and is projected to end in late May or early June with about a million tonnes of cane milled for about 100,000 tons of sugar.
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