[www.inewsguyana.com] – Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo has promised that the APNU+AFC administration will look towards the enactment of relevant legislation to protect private cane farmers.
Nagamootoon made the comment at the National Cane Farmers Conference last Friday where he underscored the importance of private interest to the sugar industry.
While sugar is dominated by the Guyana Sugar Company (GuySuCo), Nagamootoo pointed out that 10% of Guyana’s overall production comes from private farmers.
“The Private cane farmers community, totaling 2,200 individuals, must be recognized for their sterling contributions to the overall sugar production drive of GuySuCo. Including their families, this will probably amount to over 10,000 persons who have for many years dedicated their lives to growing sugar cane,” said Nagamootoo.
He noted too that these farmers are expected to produce 26,132 tonnes of sugar this year.
“They have already made 8,991 tonnes in the 1st crop and another 17,141 tonnes of sugar is expected for the 2nd crop. This will amount to approximately 11.5% of the total sugar production for this year,” said the Prime Minister.
In this vein he pointed out the need for legislation to protect private interests.
“I ask for the respective Ministers with portfolio for Agriculture, Finance, Business and Cooperatives to enact appropriate legislation to protect and support private cane farming in Guyana, so that you, cane farmers, can provide for yourselves and your families through enhanced earnings from cane farming,” he said.
The ultimate goal, according to Nagamootoo, would be to see that all cane farmers would have improved living conditions and a better way of life.