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February 17, 2014
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200-acre land handed over to sugar cane farmers
Jolyn Bryan, Star Writer

Danny Lewis, secretary, Duckenfield Cane Farmers' Association, standing in front of lands recently planted with cane. - Jolyn Bryan

Representatives of the Sugar Transformation Unit last week met with members of the Duckenfield Cane Farmers' Association to hand over more than 200 acres of land in the Plantain Garden River Agro Park area as compensation for land that was lost to the Sugar Workers Housing Project.

Several farmers from Stokes Hall, Golden Grove and Hampton Court were displaced in Eastern St Thomas after the Sugar Area Development Program, came into effect. Twenty-two farmers are slated to be relocated to lands in the agro park area, with some farmers on Tuesday receiving several acres of ratoon cane; cane that had already been reaped and would not require replanting for regrowth, and which could yield several years produce.

Danny Lewis, secretary of the Duckenfield Cane Farmers' Association, explained that the relocation exercise had faced many setbacks, which resulted in the loss of a considerable amount of income on the part of the cane farmers.

"Many of us have been left in embarrassing positions (financially), but I am thankful now that things are finally working out. Some farmers today received acres of ratoon cane, and other plots are being planted for the remaining farmers," Lewis said.

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