Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Guyana Government boasts of saving the sugar industry

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Guyana’s Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix has questioned the People's Progressive Party/Civic’s (PPP/C) plans to restore the struggling sugar industry.

Felix said the A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) Government inherited a GYD$38 billion debt at the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) when they took office in 2015.

He told APNU+AFC supporters at a politically meeting in Kitty, Georgetown on Thursday night that the Government was pressed to close GuySuCo but they were committed to saving it.

“We observed that some parts can be preserved and some parts can’t. So, instead of allowing the entire industry to fail, we decide to keep the parts which looked viable,” he stated.

The minister noted that retrenched workers were paid their severance benefits on time.

The PPP/C has promised to reopen GuySuCo’s Wales (West Bank Demerara), Enmore (East Demerara), Rose Hall and Skeldon (East Berbice) Sugar Estates and re-employ retrenched workers if they are elected on March 2.

Felix asked if the Diamond Estate, which was closed under the Barrath Jagdeo administration in 2010, will be reopened as well.

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