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Guyanese small farmers to get improved Climate Services

  Guyanese farmers may soon be able to make better decisions if all goes well with a Participatory Integrated Climate Services of Agriculture (PICSA). A workshop is currently being facilitated by the Ministry of Agriculture’s Hydro-meteorological Department, with funding from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Programme for Building Regional Climate Capacity in the Caribbean Programme (BRCCC Programme). The Ministry ...

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Govt willing to offer concessions for value-added production; Linden farmers failed to take advantage of EU-funded project

Finance Minister, Winston Jordan on Sunday said government would be prepared to offer concessions and tax holidays to private sector investors in value-added agricultural production, even as his ministerial colleague lamented that Lindeners have failed to take advantage of multi-million dollar opportunities to improve their livelihoods through the Linden Economic Advancement Programme (LEAP). “Government doesn’t want to get into economic ...

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Small Business Bureau to provide easier, smaller loans to farmers, others

The way in which small businesses, including farmers, can easier draw down funding from the government-run Small Business Bureau is to be overhauled because Norway’s financing is beset by cumbersome conditions, says Minister of State Joseph Harmon. Speaking with residents at Wales-Patentia at a recent outreach to meet with sugar industry workers and residents, he said President David Granger has ...

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Meeting with Wales Estate workers erupts into raucous over severance pay; govt details sugar diversification plan

A meeting between top government ministers and Wales Sugar Estate workers on Friday erupted into a raucous session, despite repeated assurances that their main demands for severance pay would be addressed by government. “We are not here to simply make things written in stone. We are going to take all of that… and we are going to take it to ...

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Guyana gets funds to help reduce prison overcrowding, boost agriculture, improve business environment, improve health

Guyana has tapped into a US$8 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to help reduce prison overcrowding and speed up the delivery of justice, the Finance Ministry said in a statement. “It is anticipated that through this project, there will be a significant reduction of high concentrations of prison population in Guyana,” the Finance Ministry said in referring ...

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GUYSUCO cannot diversify with high sugar production cost, ethanol could kill rum industy

GUYSUCO’s top officials came before the National Assembly’s Economic Services Committee (ESC) where the state-owned sugar company’s chief executive, Errol Hanoman, painted a gloom image of diversification using sugar cane, once cane production remains high and once the company’s structure continues as present. Hanoman said such measures would be uncompetitive. He added if the company were to invest in converting ...

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Professor uses drones to track human impact on Guyana’s rainforest

(UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS NEWS CENTRE) Dr. Anthony Cummings is working in Guyana, using drones to track and study how farming impacts the Amazon rainforest’s ecosystem over time. Dr. Anthony Cummings sat down with leaders of an indigenous community in Guyana last summer to share an unconventional idea to help them conserve the land their people have lived on for ...

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Gov’t invites Opposition, Unions to high-level sugar diversification meeting for saturday

Pushing forward with the agenda to diversify, a group of Ministers, including State Minister Joseph Harmon and Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, will meet with the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), and some named trade unions to discuss the way forward for Guyana’s ailing sugar industry. Diversification work has already started at the Wales Estate which ended sugar production a few ...

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Indigenous communities call for independent land commission amidst alleged ‘threats, harassment’ from gov’t officials

Stemming from a three-year research from 2012 into land claims and conflicts of 42 indigenous settlements in Guyana’s regions 1 and 2, communities involved are calling for an independent tribunal for land claims and grievances owing to a number of challenges including interference from former government officials. “Government officials have sometimes pressured community leaders to give up their request for land ...

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Guyanese fast food franchise holding company to invest in agriculture sector

A Guyanese company that holds the local franchises for several American fast food chains plans to invest in the agriculture sector for the supply of produce to its latest addition, Pollo Tropical. Managing Director of CAMEX Limited, Terrence Campbell said 90 percent of the meat, fish, provisions, rice and vegetables are being bought locally for Pollo Tropical’s dishes. “It’s not ...

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