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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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Fraud-accused Hassan may be sent off GRDB’s top post

The General Manager of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), Nizam Hassan could be sent off the job later this week, days after he was arraigned on an indictable fraud charge. Hassan is on GYD$250,000 bail in connection with alleged fraud in relation to the construction of the New Guyana Marketing Corporation (NGMC) building on Robb and Alexander Streets, Georgetown. ...

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Sargassum seaweed partly responsible for Guyana’s reduced fish production

Guyana’s fish production has suffered a significant decline partly due to the adverse impact of sargassum seaweed, local and regional fishery experts said. Chief Fisheries Officer at the Ministry of Agriculture, Denzil Roberts said dry weather due to climate change, piracy, cost of inputs for small-scale fisherfolk and the presence of sargassum seaweed have conspired to reduce Guyana’s fish production. ...

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Still no clear indication of when Trinidad will alllow transshipment of Guyana’s honey.

Guyana will not be able to transship honey exports through Trinidad and Tobago any time soon because the twin-island Caribbean nation does not know when it will amend its almost 70-year old law. Trinidad and Tobago’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Richard Kangaloo said his country was sticking by the law as far as possible but was willing to “consider” Guyana’s requests ...

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Caricom strategises to fight seaweed that’s hurting fishing industry

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has borrowed and modified a Puerto Rico protocol to remove large amounts sargassum seaweed that has been retarding the movement of fishing vessels and chasing away some fish species from otherwise heavily populated fishing grounds. Executive Director of CRFM, Milton Haughton said the problem has been plaguing the Caribbean for the past five years. ...

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Food import restrictions possible under WTO rules; “We are eating ourselves to death with the imported foods we eat”- FAO official

Caribbean Sub-regional Director of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Dr. Lystra Fletcher-Paul says Caribbean nations should seriously consider restricting the importation of certain foods once they are in a position to produce healthier substitutes. “I don’t think so at all. It’s high time. What we are waiting on is the information and we have to have a regular supply ...

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Caribbean Week of Agriculture’s participation may be widened

The Caribbean Week of Agriculture, an annual forum of technical experts and farmers organisations, could soon become a marketplace for the private sector in the region’s quest to boost food production and reduce its annual food import and health care bills. Secretary General of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (Caricom), Irwin La Rocque on Wednesday issued the call in an address ...

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No shortage of coconuts, as Caribbean coconut water increases- CARDI boss

As the demand across the Caribbean grows for bottled coconut water, the Executive Director of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute, Barton Clarke says the major challenge would be sufficient planting material. “The major constraint is going to be adequate amount of appropriate planting material given that we have to treat with three or four major international pests and ...

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