Category Archive: Sugar Sector

Guyana: Closing Wales without consultation cannot be a move forward for GuySuCo

Commentary and Request for Solidarity Messages

I know the Guyana Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU) since 1982. It is a union who works hard on behalf of the workers in one of the country’s key economic pillars: sugar The sector is owned and run by the state under the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), with …

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Jamaica: Pan Caribbean Sugar latest redundancies

On 20 January, reports Jamaica media, three hundred and eight five workers will lose their jobs in Monymusk and in Frome, two sugar factories run by Pan-Caribbean Sugar. Two hundred and seventy nine mostly farm workers in the former; one hundred and six evenly split between farm and factory operations in the latter.

Union representatives …

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Guyana: Privatisation and Closures as GuySuCo moves forward?

Wales Sugar Estate Closed

On 18 January, the Ministry of Agriculture in charge of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) announced that the Wales Sugar Estate, in West Demerara, will be closed at the end of the second crop of 2016. The Ministry said Wales is a poor and run-down estate, with an old factory whose …

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Jamaica: Is this the calm before the storm?

The Sugar Industry Authority (SIA) early September awarded the Seprod Group, which runs the Golden Grove Company in St Thomas, a market-agency status. While some stakeholders are concerned with the potential negative impact to the island’s ability to meet obligations with Tate and Lyle Sugar, under a 2015-2016 crop year supply deal, the move underlines …

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Belize: Green Tropics building a second sugar factory in the country

During a recent visit to Belize, it was a real surprise to learn, taking into consideration the challenges experienced by the more traditional Caribbean sugar producers, that a new sugar estate is under construction in the country’s Cayo District. It’s called Green Tropics, and belongs to the Santander Group.In Belize it operates under “Santander Farms” responsible …

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United States: ITC Report: allegedly subsidised Mexican sugar harms US industry

The US International Trade Commission (US-ITC) issued a 190-page report that stated, in its first paragraph, that “there is a reasonable indication that an industry (sugar) in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports of sugar from Mexico that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value (“LTFV”) …

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US sugar producers: Mexico dumps sugar; threatens domestic production

The American Sugar Coalition, comprising domestic sugar cane and beet and refining interests, filed on March 28 an antidumping and countervailing duty petition against Mexico with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission (ITC). They maintain that Mexico is dumping subsidised sugar, and are seeking duties of 62.44 percent for raw sugar and …

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Sugar dealings by Wilmar International

In the first months of 2014, Wilmar International Ltd., the world’s top palm oil company and one of the world’s biggest raw sugar producer and refiner, has been quite active in the sugar sector.

Wilmar and Shree Renuka in India and Brazil

A flurry of sugar activities started on 20 February with the announcement of …

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Zimbabwe: Chisumbanje ethanol plant – Politics and other stories

By early 2011, the Green Fuel ethanol factory in Chisumbanje had halted production after reaching its maximum storage capacity of close to 10 million litres. For the next two-and-a-half years, the factory remained idle, although politics around it did not.

Located on the eastern bank of the Save River, about 100 km south of Birchenough …

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Commentary: Remember the American Crystal lockout in the US?

An interesting story, “Crystal Sugar CEO: We have ticked off big customers in the past few months,” appeared on the web site of the Fargo-based KFGO radio station, written by one of its hosts, Mike McFeely. He says that “large amounts of sugar” was just sitting in the American Crystal silos in Hillsboro, North Dakota, …

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