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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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“Neglected” villages get US$12.4 million to kick start agriculture, combat unemployment

Several villages across Guyana that Finance Minister, Winston Jordan says have been neglected during the past 20 years, will benefit from a US$12.43 million programme to help revive their agricultural production to supply local and Caribbean markets. The Caricom Development Fund says it is providing US$10.4 million and the Guyana government US$2 million towards the project that initially targets 175 ...

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10,000 tonnes of rice sold to Venezuelan buyers; amount to increase- Agri. Minister

Guyana’s rice is no longer purchased by the Venezuelan government, but private buyers in Guyana’s spanish-speaking neighbour have purchased thousands of tonnes of rice directly from Guyanese millers. Agriculture Minister Noel Holder confirmed this yesterday to Demerara Waves Online. “It is not government to government but private to private,” Minister Holder explained noting that the arrangement sees buyers coming from ...

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