Aware of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has on Guatemala; one more time, the Guatemalan Sugar Industry stand in solidarity and unite in support of Guatemalans. Knowing the need for a new hospital on the South of the country, they handed over the Government’s disposal a land of 10,000 square meters located in a strategic point with multiple entrances, so that it could be installed there.
The land is located 92 km from the capital of the country, in the municipality of Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, department of Escuintla in the south of the country. This is part of the experimental area of the Guatemalan Center for Research and Training of Sugar Cane –Cengicaña-.
“Contributing to the Government’s efforts to serve the population in these difficult times is part of our commitment as a guild with the well-being of Guatemalan families, mainly on the south of Guatemala, where our people are,” said Luis Miguel Paiz, CEO of Asazgua.
The Guatemalan Sugar Industry donated 110,231 pounds of sugar in solidarity with families affected by the health emergency caused by the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
The sugar was handed through the Guatemalan Sugar Association -Asazgua- to the authorities, and was part of the food boxes that the Government is delivered to Guatemalans as part of its strategy against the global pandemic.
This support is in addition to the 1 million USD donation, made last March 21st, to acquire medical equipment that will enable the temporary Hospital to be installed on the South of Guatemala, in order to be prepared in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are committed to supporting Guatemalans at this difficult time, which is why we contributed to the Government’s efforts to serve the population, and we continue to produce sugar and electricity under strict security measures,” said Luis Miguel Paiz, CEO of Asazgua.
We reiterate the call to Guatemalans to be united and take care of each other to get over this, we must follow the instructions issued by the Government to deal with this global emergency.
This is a critical moment and requires of all of us to be united to overcome it.
The Guatemalan Sugar Industry is aware of the need to provide aid to health workers who are on the front line in the fight against COVID-19, that is why the sugar mills that produce alcohol donated thousands of gallons of this supply to the Guatemalan’s Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance.
In addition, as it must be a comprehensive effort, gallons of alcohol were also delivered to municipal authorities. This is to contribute with the efforts to disinfect and prevent the spread of the virus.
Ingenio Palo Gordo, focused its proposal to support the health units of the South of Guatemala, with more than 10,000 gallons of alcohol reduced to 70% for the use of hand disinfection and surface cleaning. Alcohol is being distributed in the Health Directorates of the departments of Suchitepéquez, Retalhuleu, Escuintla, Santa Rosa and Jutiapa.
Ingenio Magdalena, donated 10,000 liters of alcohol to hospitals and municipalities, and Grupo Pantaleón donated 10,000 gallons of 70% ethyl alcohol to disinfect hospital areas and hands.
One of the by-products of sugar production is alcohol. Guatemala exports 100% of the alcohol it produces to countries such as the Netherlands, the United States, and the United Kingdom, among others.
In the face of the health emergency caused by the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic, Guatemalan sugar mills show solidarity and donated 1 million USD to equip the temporary hospital to be installed on the South of Guatemala.
These resources will be used to acquire medical equipment that will enable the temporary Hospital to be installed on the South Coast in order to be prepared for the medical care of people in the face of the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Contributing to the Government’s efforts to serve the population in these difficult times is part of our commitment as a sector with the well-being of Guatemalan families. Likewise, we continue to produce sugar, under strict security measures, so that it is not lacking of this essential product in homes and energy to continue lighting Guatemala”, said Vila.
Asazgua made a call on all Guatemalans to unite and take care of each other following the instructions issued by the Government to deal with this global emergency. This is a critical moment and requires of all the world to be united to overcome it.
The sugar mills in Guatemala began the Zafra season 2019/20 which means that sugarcane is harvested for the production of sugar, energy and alcohol for seven months, during which time 1.8 million people benefit with the jobs generated by the Guatemalan Sugar Industry
Zafra promotes economic recovery in the South of Guatemala, due to the generation of jobs and the hiring of thousands of suppliers of products and services, who also become employers and multiply the opportunities for the local population. During the recent Zafra (2018/19), 56,000 direct and 280,000 indirect jobs were generated.
The sugar mills part of the Guatemalan Sugar Association–Asazgua- operate under a strict labor policy and distribute each year around US$400 million in wages and salaries, in addition to programs to provide health, entertainment and food services to their collaborators. In a study by the Sugar Association, the sugar footprint of Guatemala reaches all the regions of the country.
In Guatemala there are 11 sugar mills for the production of sugar, and also they generate renewable energy, which during the previous Zafra covered up to 31% of the national demand. They also produce alcohol that is mainly exported to the United States and Europe.
During the 2018/19 harvest, 2.9 million metric tons of sugar were produced, of which 70 percent was exported to 58 countries in the world. These exports, added to those of alcohol and molasses, represent 7 percent of the country’s exports, according to figures from the Bank of Guatemala (Central Bank). For this year the production projection is maintained.
Guatemala is the second sugar exporter in Latin America and the fourth worldwide; Guatemala also has the third place in productivity worldwide with respect to obtaining sugar per hectare cultivated.
Thousands of workers began their jobs at the Guatemalan sugar mills.
Guatemala November 6, 2018. Today, the sugar mills Magdalena and Madre Tierra began operation, marking the beginning of the 2018-2019 sugarcane harvest season in Guatemala; known locally as “Zafra” the sugar production that will last six months.
For the people living at the South of Guatemala, the Zafra is synonymous with economic reactivation since every year the Guatemalan Sugar Industry generates more than 80 thousand direct and 410 thousand indirect jobs, in addition to the hiring of thousands of suppliers of products and services, who also generate more jobs.
The sugar mill are members of the Guatemalan Sugar Association -Asazgua- and they operate under a strict labor policy and distribute every year the equivalent to US$400 million in wages, in addition to providing their employees with additional health, entertainment and food services. The Guatemalan Sugar Sector generates 5 percent of all formal jobs in the country.
There are 11 sugar mills operating in the process of making sugar in Guatemala, they are in the south region of the country in the departments of Escuintla, Santa Rosa, Suchitepéquez and Retalhuleu. In adition to producing sugar they generate renewable electric energy, which during the harvest covers up to 32% of the national demand. They also produce alcohol that is exported mainly to the United States and Europe.
During the 2017-2018 harvest season, 2 million 752 thousand 575 metric tons of sugar were produced, of which 70 percent was exported to more than 70 countries in the world. This exports represent 9 percent of the country’s total exports, according to figures from the Guatemalan Central Bank. This year the projection is that the production will remain similar.
Guatemala is the second largest exporter of sugar in Latin America and the fourth in the world; Guatemalan Sugar also has the third place in productivity worldwide with respect to obtaining sugar per hectare cultivated.