Persaud pide a la UE que mantenga sus compromisos y no ponga en duda los objetivos de producción de azúcar
Agriculture Minister Robert Persaud has emphasised the need for the European Union (EU) to fulfill its commitment made to the Guyana Government, rather than blurting out commentaries with respect to the country's sugar production target.
He added that a more constructive input in assisting the sugar industry to move forward would be collaborating to fund Guyana's Sugar Action Plan, instead of critising the production target of 300,000 tonnes for this year set out by the Sugar Corporation.
The Minister was at the time responding to a statement made by Head of the European Union in Guyana, Geert Heikens, during a media conference at the Ministry's Regent and Vlissengen Roads Office on Monday.
“The number set by GuySuCo would have been based on a realistic assessment. I myself would have questioned the number, but they assured that based on the carry over which was about 40,000 tonnes and the work they would have done would make it possible,” he said.
Heikens in an interview with the Kaieteur News was quoted as saying that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), has set a too ambitious a target for this year.
GuySuCo's management has since stated that the availability of cane is currently not the issue as was seen in 2010, but rather the transport of cane to the factory. As such, mechanical labour will play a major part in the transport of cane to factory, this year.
The issue of manpower will also continue to be addressed by GuySuCo's Board and Management; since this has contributed mainly to the production target being last year.
“We would anticipate that the European commission would be sensitive to those realities given the fact that the price cut has impacted us severe. We lost close to $10B last year…one would expect that as a constructive stakeholder the EU would look at how they can help and not be so rigid in terms of the conditions,” he said.
The sugar industry has, over the years been faced with the severe effects of reduced demands, price cuts and, climate change all of which have taken a severe toll on its productivity.
But due to Government' stringent management the industry has survived the rigours and to date, has remained operational.