Rose Hall estate: Cane supply to be increased, GuySuCo eyes mechanical planting

Rose Hall Sugar Estate in Region Six (East Berbice- Corentyne) is once again producing sugar and as the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) aims to make this the country’s most efficient sugar production facility.

This is according to GuySuCo’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sasenarine Singh who noted that some of the sugarcane will be planted with the use of machines.

“We are converting 400 hectares of land which will be mechanically planted, we are going to increase the cane supply and we are going to deliver further on this factory,” Singh said on Saturday as he addressed residents gathered at the estate to engage President Dr. Irfaan Ali.

This estate was shut down by the previous APNU+AFC administration in 2017. However, the estate went back into operation last month and so far, about 1,200 workers have been rehired.

Singh acknowledged that the recent startup of grinding at the estate’s sugar factory has not been without challenges but said such issues are to be expected.

He, however, promised that the factory will be fully functional by 2025 and the entire Rose Hall estate will be the “most efficient” one in the country.

President Ali also said significant investments are being made to guarantee that estate is successful and that the thousands of people who depend on the sugar industry are well supported.

According to him, the government is working towards clearing more land so that additional hectares of sugarcane can be cultivated.

He also said the government is keen on guaranteeing that the estate and the country’s sugar industry as a whole continue to meet annual targets.

To achieve all this, the President promised his government’s full support.

“No effort will be spared in making this industry viable well into the future.

“We are going to invest in the training of our workers (and) in improving their conditions,” he said.