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Catfish exports to US: “The ball is still in Guyana’s court”- American Ambassador

The United States (US) is awaiting key documentation from Guyana before deciding whether to lift the now four-year long ban on catfish, also known locally as gilbaka, American Ambassador to Guyana Sarah-Ann Lynch said Monday. “The ball is still in Guyana’s court to finish all the paperwork that’s involved with the exporting,” she told Demerara Waves Online News. She said ...

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CARICOM impatient with private sector on solving transportation problem for agriculture

Leaders of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are impatient by the failure so far by the region’s private sector to invest in a transportation system to move mainly agricultural cargo, President Irfaan Ali said Friday. He cautioned at the opening of the 2nd Regional Agri-Investment Forum in Port-of-Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, that if CARICOM’s private sector failed ...

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CARICOM making “significant progress” in food production- Irfaan Ali

Guyana’s President Irfaan Ali- the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) leader who is responsible for agriculture- on Friday said the region has made “significant progress” towards the 25 percent reduction of its food imports by 2025, even as a number of member-states have submitted proposals to Republic Bank to tap into a US$100 million credit facility. Addressing the 2nd CARICOM Agri-Investment Forum ...

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Use ‘oil money’ to provide income tax relief, increased pensions, grants, improved infrastructure

The opposition People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) on Friday recommended that government considers a raft of measures, including lower income tax, fatter pay packets and increased pensions in the 2022 national budget to cushion the impact of the 20-percent increase in the cost of basic items. Highlighting that Guyana’s economy was projected to record real growth of 49.7% plus US$607 ...

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Youths poised to make millions from shade house agriculture

President Irfaan Ali on Tuesday launched an Agriculture and Innovation Entrepreneurship Programme that promises to generate millions of dollars and create jobs through shade house techniques. Dr. Ali said the project envisages government initially providing 25 shade houses and up to 300 in the medium to long term. Roughly calculating the projected revenue, he singled out cauliflower, broccoli and carrots as ...

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Food and Agriculture Organisation ready to support Guyana’s agri proposal to CARICOM

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Monday said it was ready to support Guyana’s agriculture proposal for the wider Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The announcement was made by FAO’s Assistant Director General, Julio Antonio Berdegué in his address to the opening of Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2021. Recalling President Irfaan Ali’s proposal on agricultural diversification and food security, to colleague ...

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Corn, soya bean trial showing positive results ahead of September reaping period

Investors in the large-scale planting of soya bean and corn say that trials at a ranch, located in the Upper Berbice River area, are already showing good prospects. The group of investors, which comprises the owners of Guyana Stock Feed Limited, Royal Chicken, Edun Farms, SBM Wood, Dubulay Ranch, and Bounty Farm Limited, along with the Brazilian-owned N F Agriculture ...

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Hemispheric agriculture organisation assisting Guyana’s post-flood agriculture recovery

The Western Hemispheric Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is securing seeds, potato slips and cassava sticks from Jamaica and Brazil to help revive Guyana’s agriculture sector that has been ravaged by severe floods for more than one month now, officials said. Agriculture Minister Zulfikar Mustapha said IICA has already provided seedling trays and seeds to the National Agricultural ...

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Several Rupununi villages flooded

Several villages in Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo) were Monday flooded due to heavy rainfall and rising rivers in neighbouring Brazil, prompting authorities to obtain relief supplies, Regional Executive Officer Karl Singh said. “Those rivers in Brazil, including the Amazon, are flowing and pushing back the water to the Takatu River. All the communities along the Takatu River will be ...

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FAO calls for “analytical” approach to Caribbean agriculture; Guyana pledges support

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) wants the Caribbean to become more analytical in its drive to improve agriculture and food security in the region, even as Guyana promised to play a leading role in regional self-sufficiency. The FAO’s sub-regional Coordinator, Dr. Renata Clarke issued the call at the formal opening of that United Nations agency’s office at La Bonne ...

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