Harvest may be extended
THE SUGAR HARVEST could be extended by a week to make up for the time lost as a result of recent strike action.
General manager of the Barbados Agricultural Management Corporation (BAMC) Leslie Parris said it was “most likely” that the reaping and grinding of cane could go past its scheduled end date in July.
Portvale factory manager Raphael O’Neal agreed, adding this would be done to ensure that no ripe canes were left standing in the fields.
The two men were speaking yesterday as Portvale resumed grinding after workers ended an eight-day strike that had threatened to cripple the industry after a deal between the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) and the BAMC was brokered in the wee hours of Friday morning by Labour Minister Esther Byer Suckoo.