GuySuCo’s diversification programme includes rice cultivation, aquaculture, among others

The Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc. (GuySuCo) is debunking information in an article that was published in the Stabroek News on September 22, 2016 and was titled ‘GuySuCo opted for rice at Wales after aquaculture deemed unsuitable’. The consultants who are conducting the feasibility study have informed the Corporation that aquaculture is feasible at the Wales Estate and the details will be in the completed report.

GuySuCo is very surprised to learn that the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) indicated that ‘the union and the workers are important stakeholders and the fact that they were not informed, speaks volumes’. This statement by GAWU is not accurate.  Over the past months the Corporation has been disseminating information on a weekly basis to members of the public, stakeholders and more importantly its employees, on the diversification programme.

This information was disseminated through the change management and other programmes which includes; training sessions on Team Building and Communications; awareness sessions – Putting GuySuCo First, presentations; Chief Executive Officer’s briefing session; management and staff meetings; general briefing sessions; GuySuCo Insight (the Corporations weekly news bulletin); weekly articles – Facts About GuySuCo that is published in the Guyana Chronicle and several local, regional, Latin American, North American and other websites.

Finally, the management wishes to reiterate that its goal is to transform the Corporation into a resilient and sustainable business. The focus is currently on two fundamental areas – increasing production and productivity in sugar, and crafting a strategy for a prosperous future for the Corporation, hence, a highly strategic process is being undertaken in an effort to achieve this goal. Other areas which will form a part of the diversification programme are; livestock and dairy farming and fruit crops, among others.