Supposing the United National Congress wins general election 2020, where are they going with the silly “Bring back the sugar industry” debate?
Sugar, read my political lips, is as serious a killer as drugs and alcohol and should come with a health warning. The sugar industry was draining our treasury dry and was as unsustainable as the Petrotrin refinery. It had to go. End of story.
Fast forward to 2020 and where is the feasibility to return to sugar as employment for the financially challenged?
Modern technological advances will call for modern factories and less labour. Our ancient sugar factories are obsolete. Who needs to do nostalgic visits to gaze on old iron?
And when this allegedly brain dead idea stalls, where will we find the pieces of State land to reward the disappointed?
Reviving sugar may possibly get the UNC some votes based totally on nostalgia. T&T could not compete with Brazil and other present-day sugar markets. The world is full of sugar substitutes and there is a concerted effort by many to live sugar-free lives.
Who will be the new enslaved indentured?
CEPEP/URP workers? Promise the financially challenged anything and everything to get some votes?
Why turn back the clock on human suffering just for political mileage?
In the effort to win general election 2020, talk in T&T has never been cheaper or sweeter. Consider, instead, reviving the cocoa industry.
Unsweetened dark chocolate is better for your health and a great diversification idea.