DCI - Restructuring of sugar production

DCI - Restructuring of sugar production

The European Union steps in to support the Government of Trinidad and Tobago's decision to restructure the agricultural sector through the Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol Countries Programme.
Cane haulage time and distance between field and mill are shorter, ensuring a good price for farmers. People commute easier and faster on the new infrastructure that attracted more public transport.
New bridges and upgraded roads improve profits and lives of small sugar cane farmers in Swaziland. Replacing gravel roads and a low hanging, one-way bridge with new infrastructure has improved efficiency for the farmers. Cane haulage time and distance between field and mill are shorter. Fresh sugar cane is cut and burnt in the field and has to be taken to the mill as soon as possible to keep its quality. This 'burn-to-crush' time is best kept under three days. Therefore, getting the cane faster to the mill increases its quality and consequently its price.
NGO Technoserve's basic business training boosts small businesses in the Swaziland sugar belt. The project targets existing and aspiring entrepreneurs.
Under the umbrella of a large sugar cane project in rural Swaziland, the Basic Business Training programme targets small entrepreneurs. The main objective is to increase entrepreneurship in rural communities; existing businesses as well as start-ups. On the one hand the programme is directed  at non-farmer, income generating, small businesses. On the other hand at high school students. Their teachers pass on business skills they've learnt through a 'train the trainer' training.
Sugar cane was the most important crop in Trinidad and Tobago well into the 1990's, but falling production and revenues led the Government to gradually divest and restructure the industry, beginning in 2003.  A National Adaptation Strategy was subsequently developed to support the restructuring and   in 2007, the European Union stepped in to support the restructuring and to assist in mitigating some of the negative impacts arising from the restructuring through the Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol Countries (AMSP) Programme. 
The technical assistance will assist the GON, the EU delegation and CEPAGRI in the monitoring of the 4 grants signed with two different beneficiaries: Maragra Açúcar, SA and Tongaat Hullet-Açucareira de Xinavane, SA The two contracts for Maragra, are located in Maniça district and the other two for Xinavane are located in 3 districts: Maniça, Magude and Moamba. All the districts are in Maputo Province. The technical Assistance contract will assist the Government in the implementation of the Project including the provision of:
The overall objective of the improvement of key services to agriculture is to help cushion the economic and social impact of the sugar sector restructuring by supporting a diversified market-driven agriculture sector. The project purpose (specific objective) is that key services to agriculture are improved and enhanced.
This project aims at improving capacities of sugar farmers, mill workers and staff affected by reforms in the Fiji sugar industry to generate income through sugar cane farming or alternative livelihoods.
The Fiji micro-project programme will result in the implementation of at least 50 micro-projects throughout the Vanua Levu and Viti Levu sugarcane belt in the Fiji Islands. These projects will mainly be in the area of water supply and sanitation, education access/facilities, rural transport systems (access roads, construction and/or upgrade of existing foot bridges (including suspension bridges), upgrading of small bridges); rural electrification and housing/kitchen upgrade facilities and infrastructure that would encourage income generating initiatives. The project aims to restore liveliho

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