Guyana seeks India’s help to reopen sugar estates


As the sugar output in Guyana has witnessed dip this year, the country is seeking the help of India to revive the sugar estates that were closed about four ago by A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC)-led administration.

According to the media report, Agriculture Minister Zulficar Mustapha said following a meeting with the two sugar unions, “As a matter of fact, I recently submitted the Terms of Reference and they (the Indian Government) will be sending two specialists to assist with the reorganisation of the industry. This is the first step. I’ve also discussed acquiring the equipment necessary to assemble factories at estates that were closed.”

Skeldon, Albion, Rose Hall-Canje, Enmore-Ogle and Wales Estates was closed by APNU+AFC citing unprofitability. Following which 5,000 workers lost their jobs.

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