Sugar Transformation Unit

Challenges to the Sugar Cane Sector


As at October 2009, the European Union (EU) reduced the prices of raw sugar imports from Jamaica by 36 percent. The Sugar Protocol, which allowed Jamaica and other ACP countries guaranteed preferential prices, has been replaced by the ACP Economic Partnership Agreement. In order to cushion the negative economic and social impact of changes to the EU Sugar Regime, EU has been providing financial assistance to ACP countries including Jamaica under the Accompanying Measures for Sugar (AMSP).

In July 2009, the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries reviewed The Jamaica Country Strategy for the Adaptation of the Sugar Industry: 2006 to 2015, producing a revised strategy document which was approved by Cabinet in September 2009 which is now being implemented. The revised sugar strategy is entitled The Jamaica Country Strategy for the Adaptation of the Sugar Industry: 2006 to 2020. The three (3) strategic objectives are:

  1. The development and maintenance of a sustainable private sector-led sugar cane industry;
  2. Strengthening of the social resilience, economic diversification and environmental  sustainability of Sugar Dependent Areas (SDA);
  3. Maintain GOJ’s Macro-Economic Goals.

Location


The Jamaica Country Strategy for the Adaptation of the Sugar Industry 2006 – 2020 relates to the entire sugar cane industry, including estates and cane farmers. These sugar estates include:

  1. Frome
  2. Monymusk
  3. Bernard Lodge
  4. St. Thomas Sugar Long Pond
  5. Worthy Park
  6. Appleton

Executing Team


The Sugar Transformation Unit staffed by thirty-one (31) persons is responsible for overseeing the effective implementation of the GOJ’s Sugar Adaptation Strategy. A total of twenty eight (28) Project staff are stationed at field locations on each SCJ estate. There are three (3) persons at Head office in Kingston.


Achievements of the Sugar Transformation Unit (STU) as at February 2014

 

  • The Sugar Transformation Unit has been providing financing through the Cane Expansion Fund to assist with improving efficiency of operations within the industry. This fund will support expansion of cane production and provide capital inputs such as drip irrigation equipment to improve cane production efficiencies throughout the industry. The Sugar Industry Authority is managing this fund on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries. To date, J$1.77B was injected into the Cane Expansion Fund (CEF);

  • Since 2008, CEF has approved 11,826 hectares of cane for planting and re-planting

  • As at February 2014, CEF has disbursed $1.6B in loans and grants.

  • As at February 2014, 397 housing solutions have been presented to residents of sugar barracks as part of the Sugar Barracks Relocation Project. For more details, see full report of achievements. CLICK HERE