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Crop off to slow start

Sheria Brathwaite

Crop off to slow start
A mechanical harvester in the field at Drax Hall, St George, as the 2021 sugar harvest gets underway. (Picture by Lennox Devonish)

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Sugar cane harvesting got off to a slow start yesterday on the first day of reaping.

No canes were cut on any of the Government-run plantations and only four private planters – H&G Farms, Drax Hall Plantation, Edgecumbe Plantation and Foursquare – started the process.

By 2:30 p.m., these planters delivered a total of 225 tonnes of sugar cane to Portvale sugar factory in Blowers, St James.

The DAILY NATION visited two of the locations where cane was being harvested.

Plantation manager at Drax Hall Plantation, Phillip Whitehead, said harvesting began in Drax Hall Jump, St George around 8 a.m. with a few hiccups. (SB)

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