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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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Gun crimes major concern among Guyanese despite 21% decline in serious offences; time for multi-stakeholder collaboration- Fmr. Chief-of-Staff Phillips

Former Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF),  Retired Brigadier Mark Phillips Friday said although the official police statistics show a decline in serious crimes, the feeling of insecurity among Guyanese is very high makes it necessary for collaboration among several stakeholders. “Notwithstanding the statistics that speak to a reduction in crime- and here I am not hitting at the ...

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Guyana’s foreign debt pegged at GYD $236 billion

Guyana’s external debt has been pegged at GYD $236 billion and domestic debt at GYD $81.7 billion, according to Guyana’s Public Debt Management Report. The Guyana government says the first annual report on Public Debt Management has been completed by the Finance Ministry and would be soon tabled in the National Assembly. Minister of State Joseph Harmon said the report ...

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Govt to focus on preserving forests following Barama’s closure; Jagdeo warns against over emphasis on conservation

The Ministry of Natural Resources  on Thursday announced that Barama Company Limited’s (BCL) decision not to renew its Forest Concession Agreement paves the for a review of the importance of standing forests,  less than three hours after Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo warned that government’s heavy emphasis on forest conservation was costing jobs. The Ministry of Natural Resources  (MNR) confirmed that ...

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Banks DIH delivery personnel robbed, tied

Police are investigating an alleged robbery under arms committed on the driver of a delivery truck, which occurred about 7 O’clock Wednesday night at Beterverwagting Public Road, ECD, of a sum of money by three males, one armed with a handgun.   Police said enquiries disclosed that the driver/salesman Trevor Thom, of West Ruimveldt,  and two porters, all employees of ...

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