The government says it’s in advanced talks to take temporary charge of Long Pond sugar factory in Trelawny and Monymusk in Clarendon.

Both factories face imminent closure due to the downturn in the sugar industry.

The Long Pond factory is managed by Everglades Farms while Pan Caribbean Sugar are the owners of the Monymusk factory.

Agriculture Minister, Karl Samuda told the House of Representatives today that the Holness administration will do all in its power to preserve the jobs of hundreds of sugar workers.

Minister Samuda says the government must move to assume immediate control of the Long Pond sugar factory in the next three months, or risk causing serious damage to sugar workers living in Trelawny.

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Minister Samuda says the government is in talks to take over the operations of the Monymusk factory sometime next year.

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Minister Samuda says the government’s pending decisions are not to be taken as a sign that the government is reviving its interest in the local sugar industry.

He told his colleagues that the move is only an intervention to help preserve jobs and stabilise the industry.

However the Minister says the government could have avoided this crisis, if the previous PNP administration had acted when the problem was first presented to them.

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