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Sugar production as shown in these pictures used drained and dredged swampland.
Guyana's coastal area irrigation itself depends on massive pumps to maintain water levels.
Vast areas are cultivated in strip rotational plantations.
Once grown the cane is flash burnt to kill snakes and other dangerous animals.
Fifty years ago, the cane was manually cut by plantation workers, moved locally by barges to sugar cane refineries.
The cane was then crushed and the resultant extract purified by chemical and filtration processes to give us the various forms of sugar we see today.
South American Sugar Factory
Cutting Sugar Cane Manually