Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The AFC's 'cure' for the sugar industry is nothing but airy-fairy, pie-in-the-sky nonsense.

Writing in the AFC's Sunday column Gerhard Ramsaroop was at pains to highlight why the sugar industry's continued survival desperately needs the implementation of his party's much talked about “sugar plan”. And this is where you can see that the airy-fairy, pie-in-the-sky nonsense these jokers spout were simply cogged from textbooks with absolutely no connection to the ground reality of Guyana. They carry on about ‘ethanol” production. Have they done the math? Will ethanol production per acre deliver more profits than the price we are now getting for sugar? Absolutely not! So what’s the point for our present production? How then will ethanol provide the money to better compensate sugar workers?

“Sugarcane is among the cheapest sources of ethanol feedstock.” Sure, but who’s going to cut it? Mechanisation? Isn’t this what Guysuco is engaged in? Better management? Will AFC bring in foreign overseers and managers? Talk is cheap. Guyanese know the difference between ‘guitar” and ‘mouth-ar”.

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