This is according to Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat.
He sought to clarify comments he saw on social media that suggested otherwise.
He was among cabinet ministers at the signing of the book of condolence at NAPA.
He said that during the time that the PNM closed operations at Caroni 1975 Ltd. , the sugar industry was declining.
He stated that this country was rated one of the most inefficient sugar producers in the world.
He revealed that despite this Mr. Manning gave VSEP to the workers.