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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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Guyanese manufacturing executive gives Caribbean lessons on improving agriculture

A top official of the Caribbean Community’s (Caricom) largest rum producer on Wednesday recommended a raft of steps to help improve the growth and competitiveness of the region’s agricultural sector and overall business innovation. Managing Director of Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), Komal Samaroo told the Caribbean Week of Agriculture’s (CWA) Alliance Meeting – Strategies for Attracting Investments into Agriculture that ...

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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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Free trade taking toll on health of Caribbean school children

Caribbean health and education experts have lamented the impact of free trade on the consumption of certain foods and beverages that are badly affecting the health of the region’s children. Senior Medical Officer of Grenada’s Ministry of Health, Dr Francis Martin said the reality is that many Caribbean schools are cash-strapped and so they turn to sponsors to support sporting ...

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Trinidad should be developed into Caribbean shipping hub

The Port Manager of the Antigua Port, Darwin Telemaque on Tuesday recommended that Trinidad become a regional shipping hub to help bring down transportation costs and reduce reliance on Miami. “If you start thinking about what’s Miami… Trinidad has more potential than Miami because they make things. Miami does nothing. They just receive things and distribute so we have an ...

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Rotting produce in Guyana highlights transportation problem facing Caribbean

A top official of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Tuesday lamented the wastage of agricultural produce at Bourda Market in Guyana’s capital, Georgetown to hammer home the point that poor transportation continues to be a major problem facing the Caribbean’s agricultural sector. “It hurts my heart to see good tropical fruit from Guyana rotting,” acting sub-regional FAO Coordinator, ...

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Plans in the pipeline to expand agri-food marketing initiative across the Caribbean

Director of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), Michael Hailu says that ACP-EU organisation is moving to expand the marketing of agricultural produce and products to several other Caribbean countries. “One of our projects, in partnership with the Caribbean Farmers Network and the Sandals Foundation, is working to strengthen linkages to domestic, regional and export markets in ...

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The Caribbean Week of Agriculture: new opportunities for investing in agriculture

The 14th edition of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA), widely recognised as the most important event in the region’s agricultural calendar, opens on Monday in the Cayman Islands. Taking the theme Investing in Food and Agriculture in the Caribbean, the event is being organised from October 24 to 28 and is expected to attract several hundred farmers, agribusiness entrepreneurs, policy-makers, ...

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Many building owners fail to seek Fire Service approval before construction

Many owners have constructed buildings without first submitting the architectural plans to the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) to ensure that the engineering and fire safety features have been included, according to Divisional Officer, Compton Sparman. Addressing a security seminar and exposition organised by the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Sparman said the trend shows that many business owners ...

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Number and location of parking meters decided

Preparations are underway to place an estimated 400 parking meters on streets in the central business district of Guyana’s capital, Georgetown, Director of Smart City Solutions, Kamau Cush. “Everything has been signed and the project is a ‘go’ so we’re essentially preparing for it,” he told Demerara Waves Online News on Main Street, Georgetown while workers were busy painting the areas ...

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