THE management of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is calling on the Albion community and surrounding areas to fill the vacancies for 600-plus sugar workers ahead of the 2nd crop for the year 2018. The call comes as GuySuCo’s management unveiled their projections on Tuesday evening at a community outreach meeting.
The meeting held at the Albion Sports Complex saw several stakeholders and members of the community in attendance, as the upper echelons of the Albion Estate and GuySuCo set a target of 38,106 tons of sugar for the second crop at the East Berbice- Corentyne estate.
Albion Estate, which has over G$9 Billion turnover annually, is the highest-producing estate in the country with over 3400 employees and as the government and GuySuCo seek a new approach, those figures are expected to increase significantly. In his address, the manager (ag) Vemen Walter highlighted that the lack of consistent attendance coupled with nine strikes accounted for 442.1 tonnes lost as the estate came 1,466 tons shy of the first crop target of 19,698 tons.
Walter explained that while strikes played a major role in the deficit, other factors such as low yield per hectare, climatic conditions, etc also contributed to the estate falling short. In spite of this, he is optimistic that the estate can hit the targets for the second crop as attendance for the first crop was promising.
Based on statistics provided to this publication, the estate recorded an overall 75% attendance for the first crop, the highest since the year 2016. The strikes accounted for over 1,903 man days lost or $5,230,963 in revenue that would have gone to the workers had they worked.