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. According to softwareleverage, 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.
According to COUNTRYAAH, Guyana 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. See DIGOPAUL for map and location of Guyana.