Monday, April 22, 2024

OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: The harvest must go on


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For you are all sons of light and sons of the day, we are not of the night or of darkness.  So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.  – 1 Thessalonians 5:5 and 6.

CAN ANYONE FROM the Barbados Agricultural Management Company Limited (BAMC) tell us why Portvale Sugar Factory was not working (receiving canes) on Tuesday and will also not be doing so tomorrow.

As one who believes in situation ethics, the present situation demands that these two holidays should have been utilised as the 2015 sugar harvest started late. Time waits on no one. Even Sundays should be used for reaping of the crop as well. When we think of it, the wet (rainy) season is just around the corner.

To me it does not make sense for the factory to work last Monday and stop to restart on Wednesday then stop on Friday and restart on Saturday. Heroes Day and May Day should be used for productive purposes. If this country is to get out of its present situation, we need a new strategy.

In an industry where the weather is vital, we just could not afford to lose those two productive days. What a pity.

I am sure that after the public holidays some workers will not be in a good frame of mind to work Wednesday and Saturday. Come on, let us have a good look at it again.

Let us not forget that time is not on the side of reaping the crop; and time is money.

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