Former Minister of Agriculture Erskine Griffith is to take over as the new head of the Barbados Cane Industry Corporation.
The Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) said in a statement today Griffith will chair the new board which takes up office on Tuesday, August 7, immediately following the Crop Over holiday.
His deputy will be Patrick Phillips, according to the BGIS, with the remaining members being Charles Briggs, as well as the general manager of the Barbados Agricultural Management Company Limited or nominee, and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security or nominee.
The appointments will be for a period of three years.
While he was Minister of Agriculture back in 2007, Griffith had announced the restructuring of the sugar industry, in part by taking some of the export sugar upmarket in response to price-slashing in the European Union market.
He announced back then that the new premium sugar, Plantation Reserve, was “intended for the top tier of the market” in the United Kingdom.
He had also said sugar cane would also be used to produce 30 megawatts of electricity for sale to the national grid and 14 million litres of ethanol initially to add to gasoline, both of which have proved elusive to this day.