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Farmers sour about cane price

Eric Smith

Farmers sour about cane price

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SOME SUGAR CANE FARMERS are dissatisfied with the price being offered for a tonne of canes this year and have indicated that the $45-a-tonne offer makes it uneconomical to continue planting canes.
General manager of the Barbados Agricultural Management Company (BAMC), Leslie Parris, while not confirming the price offered to the planters through the Barbados Sugar Industry Limited (BSIL), said the situation was under consideration by Government.
He admitted that “the cost of production will exceed revenue” and said “Government is looking to support the cane farmers”.
The cane farmers said that this year they were being offered $5 a tonne less than last year’s figure, which was also a drop on the $70 a tonne offered two years earlier.
Read the full story in today’s SATURDAY SUN.