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Employees working on tubes in the Portvale Sugar Mill combustor yesterday. (Photo by Jameel Springer.)

A rupture in one of the two boilers of the island’s only sugar factory led to an abrupt halt in the 2022 sugarcane harvest.

Canes have not been cut and delivered to Portvale Sugar Factory since Saturday April 2, costing crucial production time.

The mechanical problem also disrupted the grinding process.

However, the Barbados Agricultural Management Corporation (BAMC) was able to reach an agreement yesterday with the Barbados Labor Union (BWU) and the Sugar Industries Staff Association (SISA) which would see employees working on Fridays Holy and Easter Sunday to repair old equipment. at the Blowers factory, St James. Sugar officials hope this will mean the more than 3,000 tonnes of cane in the factory yard could be crushed on Saturday and Portvale could start accepting canes again.

Following the meeting, the plant’s deputy operations manager, Marlon Munroe, told the DAILY NATION that the rupture of boiler number two at the fireside of the combustion chamber caused water to leak into the furnace, which eventually caused the boiler to shut down.

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