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AFC Criticizes Guyana Sugar Industry

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Opposition party the Alliance for Change is expressing its disappointment with recent information that Guyana stands to lose a 3.8 Billion dollar European Union aid since the country has failed to reach its commitments. The party believes by losing such funding from the European Union it is unacceptable in the way the industry is being managed. 

In a press statement the party has noted that the sugar industry requires more money in an effort to maintain the efficiency of production infrastructure and the ongoing labour issues. 

AFC is of the view that such funding could have been instrumental in sorting out the technical difficulties that is being experienced by the Skeldon factory. 

The party has since endorsed the call by sugar workers last month for a commission of inquiry into the living standards of sugar workers. This move the AFC believes will in turn make concrete recommendations for the improvement of such workers income. 

In a proposal the party suggests that a national ethanol mandate which will allow Guysuco to supply ten percent ethanol to be mixed with imported gasoline maybe the answer to generate other income beside sugar production. 

The AFC is of the view that its policy could save the Demerara and West Berbice sugar estates while creating new manufacturing jobs.

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