Robert Wants EU To Be Flexible
The Agriculture Minister is of the view that the European Commission should be more flexible before pronouncing whether or not this year’s sugar production target could be met. The European Union has since indicated that Guyana stands to lose revenue since the country failed to reach its commitments.
The EU is reporting that Guyana’s Sugar Action Plan was not submitted in a timely manner which resulted in the cut in funding. But Agriculture Minister, Robert Persaud believes more consideration should be given by the EU before such a decision is taken.
Persaud stated that the sugar industry has been losing billions of dollars and efforts have since been made by government to keep the industry alive.
GuySuCo has since indicated that this year’s target of 300 thousand tonnes of sugar could be achieved since cane is not an issue. The greatest challenge that the sugar corporation is faced with is getting the Skeldon Sugar Factory that should have been operational. GuySuCo is still holding out that it may not be able to meet workers needs because there was a production shortfall of 45 thousand tonnes last year.