GUYSUCO Reports Worst Year Of Production
The Guyana Sugar Corporation is reporting that 2010 could be considered one of the worst years the industry has faced in production history. GuySuCo’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Rajaindra Singh said the corporation was hopeful that this year could have been the year to turn the sugar industry around.
The deputy C.E.O noted that the industry’s shot fall in meeting its target could be blamed on low labour turn out. While the weather may have played its part, Singh highlighted that during this year’s crop there was enough sugar cane to meet the corporation’s target.
GuySuCo is hoping to produce just over 230 thousand tones of sugar which is far below what the corporation expected. Workers at various estates and factories recently turned out to work after a weeklong strike. The industrial action by workers was a way of expressing their dissatisfaction over GuySuCo’s inability to pay increases in salaries and benefits.
It seems as if the Georgetown municipality is left with no other choice but to go higher with its operations at the La Repentair landfill site. The council is reporting that it is faced with approximately 250 tonnes of solid waste on a daily basis. The increased garbage collected by the council has forced it to go one meter higher at the site.
The move to go up was the only option for the council as the landfill site is now encroaching onto the access road and is a few meters away from cemetery road. Deputy Mayor, Robert Williams said the volume of garbage is increasing and the council is running out of options.
The deputy mayor is hoping that the council can end operations at the current landfill site on January 15th , but due to the current weather pattern this may not be possible.
Meanwhile, Residents of nearby communities are continuing to complain of the serious health risks posed by the landfill site.
Residents have complained too that no public health inspector has since paid any attention to their concerns.