Minister of Agriculture, Zulfikar Mustapha has firmly denounced all claims that there is a severe sugar shortage in Guyana. He further explained that there is in fact enough sugar for all consumers.
On Wednesday, President Dr. Irfaan Ali announced that the New Guyana Marketing Corporation would be selling sugar in most regions across the nation.
This was the announcement that sparked rumors and confusion amongst the citizens. The President’s statement on via his Facebook page stated:
“My brothers and sisters, I have heard your concerns about the availability and price of sugar in Guyana. To this end and to avoid price gouging, the Guyana Marketing Corporation will be selling sugar at $150 / pound for packaged and $140/ pound for bulk.
Beginning on Thursday, 21 July, we will be selling sugar at this price at the following market locations:
REGION 2: Charity and Anna Regina
REGION 3: Parika, Leonora, Vreed en Hoop and Wales
REGION 4: Diamond, Bourda, Mon Repos and Mahaica
REGION 5: Bushlot and Rosignol
REGION 6: New Amsterdam, Port Mourant and Skeldon
REGION 10: Linden