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BREAKING: Second deadly pirate attack in Suriname within one week; turf war suspected in first attack

By Ivan Cairo PARAMARIBO – While authorities here are still searching for victims and recovering bodies from last Friday’s deadly attack on four fishing boats in Surinamese waters pirates attacked another fishing boat Wednesday night killing at least one fisherman. According to Mark Lall, secretary of Visserscollectief, a local fishermen’s association, the captain of the boat was killed. The whereabouts ...

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Guyanese businesses urged to sell more food, tourism to China as exports recover

As Guyana’s largely forestry-based exports to China recover, local businesses are being urged to explore opportunities to sell more food to that Asian country and attract Chinese tourists when they attend the inaugural China Import Expo to be held later this year in Shanghai. Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin told a cocktail reception held Wednesday night to raise awareness about ...

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UK-headquartered firm begins eight-month valuation of Guysuco’s assets

The Special Purpose Unit (SPU) of the National Industrial & Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) on Monday announced that PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) commenced the process of the valuation of GuySuCo assets today. SPU-NICIL said PwC’s work on the GuySuCo project is expected to last eight months- that is around mid September. PwC was selected from a field of the top four international financial ...

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Guyana mounts high-tech early animal disease detection operations

The Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA) says it is about to mount operations to detect early a range of diseases in animals with the use of high-tech equipment, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. “The Authority will soon commence its early disease detection operations in several areas for diseases such as Foot and Mouth disease (FMD), Avian influenza (AI) and ...

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FAO to fund UG’s establishment of food and nutrition institute; studies on agriculture

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has announced that it will be supporting the establishment of a Food and Nutrition Institute at the University of Guyana (UG) and help that tertiary institution conduct several studies on climate change related to the agriculture sector. The announcements were made by the FAO Representative in Guyana, Reuben Robertson at the 10th Turkeyen and ...

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Region Eight projects fast-tracked under new Regional Executive Officer

Five months after Rafael Downes was fired from the post Regional Executive Officer for Region 8 (Potaro-Siparuni), the new top accounting officer in that interior region said the region’s project implementation has grown from 17 percent to 51 percent. In a recent interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI,) Regional Executive Officer (REO), Gavin Gunga explained that when he ...

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Hinterland agriculture value-added diversification programme to be launched

  Guyana’s Ministry of Agriculture has launched a value-added agricultural programme aimed at diversifying agriculture and other economic activities in the hinterland. The Ministry of Agriculture’s focus for Agriculture month 2017 is ‘Food Security and Hinterland Development: A National Priority’, however, this message will be promoted by the government throughout incoming years to emphasise the need for diversification of local ...

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New weather stations: More accurate, timely weather reports expected

Guyanese  are expected to receive more accurate, timely weather reports from the Hydro-meteorological Services Department of the Ministry of Agriculture as it has now been boosted with 21 Automatic Weather Stations (AWSs) to enhance its existing framework. These weather stations, together with site preparation and installation costs totaling US$257,000 were donated under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) ...

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Golden opportunity for investment in the sweet potato value chain

by Adelle Roopchand Agriculture is often perceived as a risky sector for investors and banks are generally reluctant to lend to farmers due to their lack of understanding of the sector and associating it with high risk. However, in recent years various types of innovative financial instruments are being introduced by governments, donors, impact investors and others to make finance ...

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Guyanese small farmers to get improved Climate Services

  Guyanese farmers may soon be able to make better decisions if all goes well with a Participatory Integrated Climate Services of Agriculture (PICSA). A workshop is currently being facilitated by the Ministry of Agriculture’s Hydro-meteorological Department, with funding from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Programme for Building Regional Climate Capacity in the Caribbean Programme (BRCCC Programme). The Ministry ...

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