Guyana. A severe drought hit Guyana during the first half
of the year and threatened the sugar cane harvest so
important to the country's economy. Guyana is the
Caribbean's largest producer of sugar for the US and
European markets. In January and February, only 93 mm of
rain fell to normal 250 mm. However, the state sugar company
Guysuco reported in July that the harvest could be partially
saved and was only 10 percent less than expected.
has a population of 779,004 (2018). President Bharrat Jagdeo in July filed a petition to sue
the $ 50,000 Kaieteur News daily for slander. In a critical
article in late June, the newspaper's editor-in-chief and a
columnist accused the president of irregularities in his
exercise of power.