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All grinding estates surpass weekly sugar targets as GuySuCo eyes successful crop

The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) on Saturday reported that all three of the grinding estates – Albion/Port Mourant, Blairmont, and Uitvlugt – have surpassed their weekly production targets.
With approximately nine more weeks remaining in this crop season; should the current favourable weather pattern persist, the Corporation said it is poised to achieve its overall production target for the second crop.
The crop is currently in its eighth week of production, and the company said it is evident that the respective teams on the estates have capitalised on a number of strategies to boost workers’ turnout.
“This week, the industry was fortunate to have been able to commence the process of changing the tires on some 40 tractors and is continuing to pay keen attention to the harvesting standards to improve the efficiencies around the punt weight. There is still room for lots of improvement in the industry but it is a work in progress and the work process is moving in the right direction,” the statement relayed.
These operational interventions, coupled with good weather, played a major role in the production performance this past week. Such news has boosted the morale of all employees, who have secured their weekly performance incentive on top of their weekly wages.
GuySuCo’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sasenarine Singh, has encouraged all the workers to “redouble their efforts with a clarity of mind of ensuring the cane-cutting standards are improved”.
“The Executive Management congratulates the management and workers of the three grinding estates and urges all current and former sugar workers to turn every week to utilise this special dry period to increase their earning, recognising that the industry had above average rainfalls for more than one year between November 2020 to January 2023.”
Last month, the Corporation stated that it was well on its way towards achieving a target of 60,858 metric tonnes of sugar for 2023, as the industry picks up pace amid robust strides to revive production.
The Albion/Port Mourant Estate is slated to produce 47 per cent of the expected sugar production in this second crop to meet the annual target.
Final adjustments are being made to the Rose Hall Sugar Estate, as it was slated to make a comeback this month to recommence sugar production.
The Government’s efforts to reopen the Rose Hall Estate saw a whopping $1.1 billion being expended this year to have the facility up and running. A summary of the major works included both civil and structural interventions – including rehabilitation of the cane gantry, pre-milling, milling, boiler and process house roofing. There was also the replacement of a vacuum pan, condenser structures, a chimney, and servicing of all equipment.