Sweet crop
27 Jan

The Jamaica government says the sugar industry will contribute an estimated US 80 million dollars in earnings this year.

Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Karl Samuda, says the turnaround is due in part to the decision of the government to step in and save the sector.

Samuda says 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.

In addition he says the price of sugar has moved from US$370 per ton to almost US$600, which he says will translate this year into a gain of nine million US dollars.