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Rush for Jamaica Cane Lands

06 September 2012

JAMAICA - Encouraged by improved sugar prices, cane farmers in Westmoreland and Hanover, Jamaica, have embarked on a massive drive to get idle lands suitable for sugar cane cultivation.

"Farmers are calling me everyday asking where can they get land to plant cane. There is a mad rush for cane lands," said Aston Ruddock, an executive member of the Westmoreland/Hanover Sugar Cane Growers Association.

"I have about 140 acres in cane in the Negril Spots area and I am trying to prepare more land to do some more planting," revealed Ruddock, who is also secretary of the Westmoreland/Hanover Cane Farmers Association.

Last year, cane farmers received a whopping increase in the price for their cane sold to the sugar processing plants.

The price paid for their crop moved from roughly $3,000 per tonne to an average of $5,000 per tonne.

The increase, according to Chairman of the Westmoreland/Hanover Sugar Cane Growers Association Cleveland Keddo has prompted a renewed interest in sugar cane cultivation.

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