Sugar shortage in Dominica

Dominicans will have to conserve their sugar supplies, as there is a shortage affecting the island for both brown and white sugar.

Speaking with the manager of the commercial department at Dexia, Mr. Norman Dorival says this shortage is as a direct result of the Guyana sugar corporation (guysuco) facing bad weather in the beginning of the crop season in January.

Mr. Dorival also said this was further affected by strike action by the workers at guysuco which occurred in February, thus further delaying production.

Mr. Dorival says the problem is that, Dominica is committed to purchasing brown sugar from Guyana, which is a condition of the Caricom protocol, so in the event Guyana has a delay in production all Caricom countries are affected as a result.

Mr. Dorival says, to prevent this from occurring in the future, they would have to get a suspension of the common external tariff, so in the event there is a delay in brown sugar production in Guyana they will be able to purchase it from outside of the region.

He went onto say that the brown sugar supplies, should be restored back to normal by the second week in march, and white sugar should be restored this weekend.

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