Ailing Sugar Industry highlighted at NAACIE’s conference

File Photo: Sugar workers during a recent protest. [iNews' Photo]


By Fareeza Haniff

Senior Counsel, Ashton Chase.
Senior Counsel, Ashton Chase.

[] – Senior Counsel, Ashton Chase, who is one of the founding members of the governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP), has lamented the state of Guyana’s struggling sugar industry and called for an overhaul of the management structure if the industry is to be successful.

He made the remarks at the opening of the National Association of Agricultural Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) conference at the Umana Yana on Wednesday, May 21.

According to Chase, “It [sugar] was one of the second most important contributors; it has no ceased and is heavily reliant on the State’s support for its very existence and full time operations.”

He also noted that the Skeldon Factory is another serious loss to the industry and country.

He urged Unions to take a more deep interest in the industry to ensure that it does not continue to fail. Chase also called for the appointment of “a dedicated, experienced and productive” management board to lead the industry back to success.



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