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NICIL will be asked to return closed sugar estates to GuySuCo -Agriculture Minister

The National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), the holding company for government’s assets, will be asked to return the closed sugar estates to the state-owned Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) which will be reopened after a review is done, Agriculture Minister Zulficar Mustapha said Tuesday. “In terms of the timeframe for reopening the closed sugar estates, first of all GuySuCo ...

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Flood warning issued due to heavy rainfall

A flood warning is issued for flood-prone areas over the next few hours due to ongoing rainfall that is expected to continue until Thursday, May 14, 2020. “The Civil Defence Commission is urging residents in high-risk communities to take the necessary precautions,” the agency said. Further, kindly call the Civil Defence Commission, 24 hours National Emergency Monitoring System (NEMS) on ...

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GuySuCo offers sugar workers 5% increase

The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) on Monday said it offered field and factory workers a 5% increase in wages and negotiations are continuing with the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU). Refuting a report in the pro-opposition PPP Guyana Times newspaper that GuySuCo’s offer was around one percent, the state-owned sugar corporation said that on February 7, 2020, it ...

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SOCU boasts of unlicensed gold smuggler, former Rice Board official bribery convictions

The Guyana Police Force says its anti-financial crimes Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) secured the conviction of a gold smuggler and a former official of the state-owned Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB). Vibert Marks was found guilty and fined a total $120,000 on Thursday, February 6, after he was charged with exporting gold without a license and attempting to bribe ...

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Sugar workers poised to get pay increase

Thousands of sugar workers are set to get a wage and salary increase next month whether or not negotiations with the two trade unions are successful, a senior official of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) disclosed. GuySuCo’s Chief Industrial Relations Manager, Deodat Sukhu told News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM/Demerara Waves Online News that his negotiating team has already ruled out ...

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Granger promises to abolish squatting, make estate lands available to retrenched sugar workers

Presidential candidate for A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC), David Granger Friday night announced that his coalition would introduce a system for sugar estate land distribution to ex-sugar workers and bring an end to squatting. In what appears to be a gradual unveiling of campaign promises just about one month away from general and regional council election, Granger ...

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Banks DIH Banko Wine brings added value to rice

Banks DIH Limited says it is continuing to add value to Guyana’s rice, a move that has seen the company earning US$1.956 million from the export of Banko Wine. Overall, Banko Wine sales were GYD$1.3 billion. “Banks DIH has and continues to play its part in the field of agro-processing and is the largest private sector agro-processor in the country,” ...

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Venezuela remains one of Guyana’s biggest rice buyers, despite no PetroCaribe deal

Venezuela is Guyana’s biggest rice market, accounting for 34 percent or 177,682 tonnes of all that grain exported to several Latin American countries the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) said in a statement. This means that despite Venezuela stopping the rice for oil PetroCaribe agreement with Guyana in 2016, a number of private exporters are still selling rice to that ...

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GuySuCo calls for release of funds as production falls to 90,000 tonnes

The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) on Thursday called for the release of much needed funds to halt a further decline of the state-owned industry that produced a mere 90,246 tonnes of sugar last year due to mechanical problems, bad weather and strikes. “The industry will continue to face challenges to achieving reliability in the factories if operation capital investments continue ...

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Equal pay for drillship workers but unions must understand industry -new oil company

The recently established Unicon Guyana Inc. (UGI), which includes a well-established Ghanaian company, has promised that the workers it will hire, train and place aboard oil rigs will receive equal pay with their foreign counterparts, but trade unions must come to grips with the reality of working conditions aboard drillships. “Specifically, I want to say that once I’m Chairman, UGI ...

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