The Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc. (GuySuCo) having completed the First Crop 2020 in June, achieved a total of 37,015 tonnes of sugar, which is equivalent to 79.6% of the budgeted target of 46,476 tonnes of sugar; the shortfall or variance being 9,461.
The crop was closed with 1,093 Hectares (762 Hectares at Albion/Port Mourant Estate and 331 Hectares at Blairmont Estate) of carry-over canes to be harvested. This translates to 66,000 tonnes of cane that will be carried over to the Second Crop of 2020.
The actual sugar cane processed for the First Crop is 492,910, as against the budgeted 539,460. The budgeted molasses was 19,624 while the actual production was 21,194; a surplus of 1,569. Tonnes Cane per tonnes sugar was budgeted at 11.61 and the actual was 12.99.
The average Harvester attendance for the Crop was 54.3% across the industry. Harvesters’ attendance at the Albion/Port Mourant Estate was 54%, Blairmont Estate was 50% and Uitvlugt Estate was 64%.
GuySuCo said that the First Crop attendance was impacted by the circumstances surrounding the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) which saw employees being off of work for two weeks and this also contributed to the shortfall.