Stop il­licit cane fires in West­more­land

Jamaica Gleaner - - PEOPLE'S REPORT - CAS­SIDY MEGHOO Burnt Sa­van­nah West­more­land

IL­LICIT CANE fires are de­stroy­ing the sugar in­dus­try slowly and surely. The sugar in­dus­try is Ja­maica’s largest agri-busi­ness and the back­bone of em­ploy­ment for some 40,000 peo­ple who de­pend on the in­dus­try for their sur­vival. This in­cludes all the wives and chil­dren of sugar work­ers.

I am call­ing on all of the cit­i­zens of the var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties to pro­tect the in­dus­try from il­licit cane fires. Should this sec­tor be shut down, res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial hubs would be turned into a ghost town and there would be to­tal ‘suf­fer­a­tion’.

The sugar in­dus­try has been di­vested, and we want to thank our in­vestors for car­ry­ing out their ex­pan­sion pro­gramme. We are call­ing on all stake­hold­ers to give their sup­port.

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