A relaunch of sugar industry with installation of two sugar mills
SANTO DOMINGO. The director of the State Sugar Council (CEA), José Dominquez Peña, announced yesterday a re- launch of the sugar industry, probably starting this month, with the opening of two small sugar mills in the East and the investment of some RD$800 million. The official said that they are considering planting an additional 30,000 tareas of sugarcane in the East, for which they will invest RD$144 million. He indicated that the two sugar Mills are going to produce brown sugar, and one will be installed in Monte Plata and the other in San Jose de Los Llanos, in the province of San Pedro de Macoris.
He said that President Danilo Medina is interested in re-launching the sugar industry, but he recognized that it will not be like the times in which this sector was the principal support of the national economy.
He pointed out that in order to re-launch the industry, the CEA is recovering its lands and mentioned that in Cumayasa, La Romana they have recovered between 30,000,000 and 40,000,000 square meters and that in Sabana Grande de Boya they have 1,142,000 tareas.
Dominquez Peña said that for the current sugar harvest they are projecting the production of 21,000 tons, and that as of yesterday they had 10,000 bags. He reported that the Porvenir sugar mill, which is managed by the CEA, is working very well.
“The colonos (people who produce sugarcane on their own lands for the CEA) are very content, because last year, after the harvest, and those that were owed since 1998 and 2005, were paid RD$217 million, and right now we are working on major financing in order for the colonos to once again plant a lot of sugar cane,” he stressed.
At the present time, in addition to the Porvenir sugar mill which is in the hands of the CEA, the state has sugar mills in Barahona, that are managed by Dominican and foreign companies and Montellano, in Puerto Plata which is in the hands of a United States company.
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