“Ban on sugary drinks will have negative effect on Jamaican sugar industry”

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The local sugar industry in Jamaica is in big trouble. Lenworth Fulton, President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), said, “The sugar industry is speeding in the wrong direction, which we have to correct. There is a decline in the number of sugar mills in the country. There were 140 sugar mills in 1940 and the number was reduced to 15 in 1980s. Now we have only 3 mills.”

“The recent ban on the sugary drinks in the schools will again have a negative effect on the sugar industry. We agree that sugar is bad for health but banning is not a solution,” he said.

We will continue to find ways to improve sugarcane production in Jamaica, Fulton further added.

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