Former past president of the All-Island Jamaica Cane Farmers’ Association (AIJCFA), Allan Rickards, has died.
He was 79-years-old and is said to have been ill.
News of his passing has come as a shock to many, who have already begun to share condolences for the man remembered for his immense contribution to the local sugar industry.
“Rip Allan Rickards my prayers with you,” said one Facebook user.
“Hello please check ur inbox. A must joke this,” added another.
Rickards was most known for being a fierce lobbyist for issues surrounding the sugar cane industry and was the host of “Life Wouldn’t Be The Same without the Sugar Cane” on radio station Power 106.
He advocated for the protection of the local sugar industry, and supported the imposition of a cess on refined sugar imported for inputs.
Rickards who hails from St Thomas is a former student of the Wolmer’s Boys’ High School.