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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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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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