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Gov’t signs MoU with IAST for sustainable development of hinterland communities

The Ministries of Social Cohesion and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Friday, March 11, 2016 inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Guyana’s Institute of Applied Science and Technology (IAST) for the provision of research and development, sustainable business development and analytical services. The agreement was signed between Minister of Social Cohesion, Ms. Amna Ally, Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Mr. Sydney ...

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GAWU willing to end weekly strike, amid threats to scrap talks and stop crop

Amid a decision by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (Guysuco) to call of all talks with the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) and possibly scrap the first crop if a one-day strike continues, the union Wednesday said it would call off the industrial action if there is a “reasonable time-frame” for the holding of long-overdue wage and salary negotiations. ...

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Guyana looks at T&T’s pepper success

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN).- Guyana is looking at T&T’s model of hot pepper production and the sharing of production of marketing information and exchange facilities by Caroni Green Limited (CGL) and personnel from the Agriculture Committee of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) of Guyana. This follows a visit by Beni Sankar, chairman of the PSC’s Agriculture Committee, who visited CGL’s Mon Jaloux farm ...

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Guysuco threatens to halt current crop; deadlock reached on 2015 annual incentive

The Guyana Sugar Corporation (Guysuco) Friday warned that it would shut down operations for the current crop if workers do not stop their weekly strike action, even as the cash-strapped entity reluctantly agreed to take a pay-dispute to arbitration. “Such behaviour by the Union would leave the Corporation with no alternative but to put a halt to the current crop until ...

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US$3M agreement inked for Cunha Canal rehabilitation

The Guyana Government Wednesday inked a US$3M agreement to rehabilitate the Cunha Canal which is part of Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy’s adaptation initiatives, according to the Government Information Agency (GINA). The grant to Guyana is being provided by the Norwegian Government under the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF), in partnership with the World Bank. This project is an important intervention ...

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Drought forces water rationing in areas of Georgetown

Rationing of water being supplied to residents of Georgetown from the Shelter Belt Water Treatment Facility begins Wednesday night (3rd February, 2016) from 10 O’clock due to the current drought. The Guyana Water Inc. explains that this is as a result of another decrease in the level of the East Demerara Water Conservancy (EDWC) due to the prolonged dry season. ...

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Drought affecting agri sector

The drought has begun battering Guyana’s agriculture sector, forcing authorities to begin pumping water into the drying up conservancies. Briefing a high-level multi-sectoral meeting on the El Nino situation, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder said efforts would be made to pump water to support agricultural areas but also explore ways in which water can be retained in a controlled manner for ...

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Wales sugar workers protest estate closure outside of Parliament

Scores of sugar workers that are attached to the Wales Estate descended on Parliament Buildings on Thursday afternoon in staunch protest of a decision by the Guyana Sugar Company (GuySuCo) to shut down the estate. They shouted “Don’t Close Wales,” “We need sugar,” “Long live Wales Estate” and “Dont close no estate,” while their placards read “No to the closure ...

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Wales Estate was “economic nightmare”; Gov’t says no one will be in jeopardy

State Minister Joseph Harmon has described the situation that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) was faced with as an “economic nightmare” even while assurances were being given that stakeholders would not be jeopardized. Harmon at a post cabinet press conference on Wednesday defended the decision by GuySuCo’s management to close the estate and the Government’s support of the said plan. ...

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