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Guyanese manufacturers say Plantation white sugar unacceptable; reject call for 40% tax on refined sugar

The Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association Limited (GMSA) on Monday rejected calls by a Belizean producer of Plantation white, or mill white, sugar to impose a Caribbean-wide 40 percent tax on extra-regionally refined sugar, saying that Plantation white sugar will result in poor quality products and in some cases injury to consumers. “If manufacturers were to use plantation white instead ...

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Barbados wants to rear Blackbelly sheep in Guyana, Suriname

Reproduced from Barbados Today Government is exploring the possibility of rearing Barbados Blackbelly sheep in CARICOM’s two largest member states, Suriname and Guyana, as top civil servants prepare for a mission to South America next week. Paramaribo and Georgetown have offered land to Barbadian farmers for sheep rearing, said Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Indar Weir. “We are sending ...

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Investors walking away from “scrap iron” sugar estates -Finance Minister

Finance Minister, Winston Jordan says investors have been walking away from buying any of the four shuttered sugar estates, an indication that Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is fooling supporters that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will reopen them if his party wins the next general elections. “How you are going to open back those four estates that is scrap iron ...

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GuySuCo denies withholding information from NICIL on spending GYD$30 billion

The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) on Tuesday denied accusations that it has not been accounting for more than GYD$7 billion disbursed from a GYD$30 billion bond, and insisted that it does not have to report to government’s holding company for state assets. GuySuCo’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Harold Davis Jr., in an initial reaction pending a comprehensive response to claims ...

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GuySuCo not showing how GYD$30 billion bond being spent; bondholders “unhappy”- NCIL

The National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) on Monday said holders of a GYD$30 billion bond to help revive the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) have begun asking questions about how the State-owned corporation has spent GYD$7.4 billion dollars disbursed so far. “The bondholders and the trustees are not happy with the information coming from NICIL,” Head of NICIL, Colvin ...

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Rose Hall estate may be sold to Ghana-India-Guyana consortium; GuySuCo fails on vital information to NICIL

An Indian-Ghanaian-Guyanese consortium is likely to buy out the Rose Hall sugar estate, the first of three that is on the selling block, government’s holding company of state assets announced Monday. Officials said they hoped to seal the deal by July, 2019. Head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited’s Special Purpose Unit (NICIL-SPU), Colvin Heath-London said the consortium ...

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Gov’t moving ahead with sale of closed sugar estate lands – Harmon

Government was preparing to sell off huge swathes of land owned by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (Guysuco) as part of moves to sell off the several loss-making estates, even as the administration prepared to revive interest in the ‘for-sale’ assets by local and foreign investors, Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon said Friday. “I can say to ...

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Trinidad bans raw and cooked poultry meat from Guyana

Minister of Agriculture Clarence Rambharat has advised that raw and cooked poultry meat from Guyana has been banned from entry into Trinidad and Tobago with immediate effect, Loop TT reported Friday. “As a precaution the Ministry’s Chief Veterinary Office has notified the Customs and Excise Division of an immediate ban on raw and cooked poultry originating from Guyana. While Guyana ...

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Oil and gas sector can boost agriculture; fishing will face greatest competition – FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) does not believe that Guyana’s emerging oil and gas sector will pose a risk to the country’s valuable agricultural sector once systems are put in place to ensure the two sectors co-exist. The FAO’s Assistant Director-General for Latin America and the Caribbean, Dr. Julio Berdegué told a news briefing in Guyana that climate change ...

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Guyana part of regional study on substituting refined sugar with “plantation white”

Guyana is among four sugar-producing Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member nations that will be the focus of a regional study on the prospects of substituting imported refined sugar with plantation white, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) said Tuesday. The Barbados-headquartered financial institution says it is collaborating with CARICOM to gather evidence to decide on the future of sugar in the regional ...

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