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Guyana asks US university to help detect deadly poultry disease

Guyana has dispatched poultry samples to the United States (US) to determine what type of disease is responsible for sudden poultry deaths in East Bank Berbice. According to Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO) of the Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA), Dr. Dwight Walrond, “samples which have been taken from the premises of one large scale farmer of broiler birds have already ...

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Guyana, St. Maarten exploring trade, tourism, large-scale agriculture

Guyana and Dutch St. Maarten are exploring ways of establishing trade, mega farming, and  tourism between the two countries, according to top officials. Guyana’s Director General of Tourism, Donald Sinclair floated the idea at last weekend’s Guyana Independence Jubilee event held at Port de Plaisance, St. Maarten.  “What are you doing could be a possible model for our Guyanese in the ...

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Irfaan Ali wants government to re-engage Venezuela over rice export

  Shadow Finance Minister Irfaan Ali has recommended that the Government of Guyana immediately take steps to reengage the Government of Venezuela in a bid to regain market for rice that was ceased by Venezuela some months ago. Ali made the recommendation while debating a motion on the current state of Guyana’s rice industry. The recommendation to re-engage the Venezuelan ...

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Guyana likely to produce Irish potatoes in commercial quantities

With the support of Canada, a research trial on several varieties of Irish potatoes to determine their suitability for local conditions is underway, the Canadian High Commission said Tuesday. Thirteen ¼ acre Irish potatoes pilot plots are currently being supported through the $20 million Canada-funded Caribbean regional Promotion of Regional Opportunities for Produce through Enterprises and Linkages (PROPEL) project. “This ...

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LBI estate slated for closure since 2011 – GuySuCo

The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) has confirmed that it will be moving ahead with plans to shut down all operations of the LBI Sugar Estate in accordance with plans that were made in 2011. In a release on Thursday evening, the sugar company called out the unions (GAWU, NAACIE) for their contradictory positions on the closure of the estate. According ...

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GAWU, NAACIE claims GuySuCo planning to shutdown LBI operations fully

The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) are claiming thatthe Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is planning to close the LBI sugar estate. This is the second sugar estate that would be closed under the APNU+AFC administration in 2016. According to a joint statement, the Unions met with the principals ...

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Multi-million dollar sea and river defence project launched

Guyana and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) on Wednesday launched a US$30 million sea defence rehabilitation project that is aimed at protecting at least 45,000 persons in several areas from floods and help improve investor confidence especially in agriculture. Officials said the Barbados-based CDB would contribute US$25 million and the Guyana government US$5,903 million to the sea and river defence ...

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Sugar workers to receive 2015 Annual Production Incentive

Sugar workers are from Friday, April 1, 2016 expected to receive 2.72 days pay as an Annual Production Incentive (API), a decision that the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) has labelled “uncompromising.” A spokeswoman for the Guyana Sugar Corporation (Guysuco) told Demerara Waves Online News that the pay-out will cost the sugar producer  GYD$184.61 million The union said ...

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West Berbice Chamber wants tax concessions for rice farmers

The President of the West Berbice Chamber of Commerce, Imran Sacoor on Saturday urged government to provide concessions to rice farmers, amid concerns about the devastation to hundreds of acres of paddy caused by the prolonged drought. Addressing the formal opening of the first West Berbice Business Expo being held at the Bath Settlement Community Centre Ground under the theme ...

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Guyana’s rice possibly going to Venezuela via Suriname

Although Venezuela has stopped buying rice from Guyana, government here believes that rice producers in Berbice are shuttling supplies across to Suriname for onward shipment to the Spanish-speaking nation which offers higher than world market prices. Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman said based on casual observations rice production in Berbice has increased and locally produced grain is making its ...

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