Private Sugar Cane Farmers Upset with Decrease in Payment for their Sugar
Private cane farmers are expressing concern with the amount of money they will be paid for last year’s crop. The farmers are now being told by the Guyana Sugar Corporation that it can only afford to pay 72 thousand dollars per ton of sugar. They were previously paid 79,000 dollars.
Some farmers after learning of the drop in price decided on Wednesday to approach the sugar company. The farmers were told by the chief executive officer that they are willing to pay only that amount at this time. The CEO is calming that there is nothing much the company can do since production was low last year.
The farmers decided to raise the matter with the president after they were not pleased with GuySuCo’s response. The group of concerned farmers after assembling in front of Office of the President were given a chance to meet with President Bharrat Jagdeo.
The farmers aired their concerns and the president promised to intervene since the Agriculture minister is out of the country.
One farmer told Capitol News that the president told them that he was not too clear on the issue at hand. He promised to have another meeting with the farmers sometime next week after discussions with the agriculture minister.
The private cane farmers were drawn from the East and West Coast of Demerara.