Guysuco blames low harvesters turnout and weather on sugar production
It has not been sweet for the sugar industry for quite a while and the blame game continues as to who is at fault for the failure of the industry to turn around its fortunes.
The agriculture minister Dr Leslie Ramsammy is reporting that the premature ending of the crop has caused the industry to lose billions of dollars contributing to GUYSUCo’s inability to pay the holiday with pay incentive at this time. That development has sparked industrial action from estates across the country.
The sugar corporation is blaming the union, the workers and the weather for being unable to meet its projected target of nearly 200,000 tonnes of sugar for the first crop. But the workers are not about to accept the blame from GUYSUCO and are saying that poor management is hurting the company’s turnaround plans.
The Skeldon Sugar factory which was touted as one of the main center pieces for the struggling industry has been a failure so far as the industry is still feeling the effects of the 36% European Union price cut.