The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) is yet again making its displeasure known with the overall affairs of the Guyana Sugar Corporation, taking aim at the industry’s inability to reach its target as well as the management of the industry.
On the matter of low production levels, GAWU today said while GUYSUCO used the 2021 floods to justify the lowest sugar production in the Corporation’s history for the first 2022 crop, the Corporation must have known from inspection that it could not meet its target before setting it.
“The reality is the targets set by the ‘sugar professionals and experts’ were not achieved. To compensate for the inaccurate estimate, the Corporation resorted to the harvesting of immature canes slated for second crop 2022 harvest at Albion and Blairmont Estates,” GAWU said in a statement said.
The union said it has also learned that the company has taken a decision to temporarily abandon lands that have canes older than five (5) years old.
According to GAWU, some 3,080 hectares of cane lands have been abandoned at Albion, and at Blairmont, a similar amount was abandoned.
In light of all that is going on in the industry, GAWU said it believes the management of the industry must be strengthened.
“Given recent events and outcomes from guidance emanating from the ‘sugar professionals and experts’ we believe there is an immediate need to strengthen management. The industry desperately needs requisite know-how and skills,” GAWU said.
GAWU wants to play a more active role, saying it has lots to offer to revitalize the industry.