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Guyana to buy sugarcane harvest machines from US

Guyana to buy sugarcane harvest machines from US

The Caribbean's leading sugar producer says it will buy harvesting machines to replace striking workers.
Agriculture Minister Robert Persaud says that the equipment will be bought from at least one company based in Brazil and from U.S. manufacturer John Deere.
He says that the machines are needed to keep exporting nearly 200,000 tons (181,000 metric tons) of sugar a year.
Guyana anticipates its lowest annual production in two decades as a result of strikes, heavy rains and operational problems. All together, 500,000 tons (454,000 metric tons) of raw cane remain uncut at the country's eight sugar estates.
More than 20,000 workers went on strike in November to demand higher wages. They also staged a one-day walkout in October.


Updated : 2021-05-18 02:17 GMT+08:00