The Challenge to Cane Sugar in the 1980's

Report of a Seminar held at the Commonwealth Institute, London, 26–29 April 1983

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Cane Sugar in the ACP Countries - Social Problems

First, I would like to deal with the cane sugar industry's need to mechanise and modernise and the associated desperate problems of unemployment and underemployment. Sugar is often the largest employer in many of our countries, but today a large work force means high labour costs and an industry gradually going out of business. Yet a recent report on our agriculture in Guyana by the International Fund for Agricultural Development concluded that because of high unemployment and foreign exchange problems at the very least any further mechanisation should be discouraged at the present time.


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