Posted: Friday, January 22, 2021. 6:38 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: During yesterday’s tour of the Western Dairies facility, the media was given the opportunity to ask questions to a panel with representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture. This panel included the Minister of Agriculture Hon Jose Mai, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Servulo Baeza, Chief Agriculture Officer, Andrew Harrison and Technical Officer, Digno Polanco.
When the Minister was asked for a comment on the refurbishing of the Sugar Roads used by the cane farmers, he answered by saying that, “The government has made certain financial allocations to facilitate the fixing of the sugar roads but the weather rain is slowing it down.” This reassured the public that the sugar roads in the north are indeed coming, sooner rather than later once the weather permits it.
The conditions of the sugar roads have been a chronic problem for successive administrations and have worsened over the years. After the weather events such as hurricane Iota and Eta over the past year coupled with the rains in the last few months, many of the roads have become impassable for cane harvesters and trucks. This issue has been one which Minister Jose Mai has been a strong advocate for over the years, and he is hoping to make good on his promise to deliver on the farmers behalf.
The current status of sugar roads caused a major delay in the start of the 2020-2021 sugar cane crop, and after a late crop start on 28th newDecember 2020, caused a suspension of crop deliveries after only a couple of grinding.
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