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Agriculture

US-funded programme launched to support Guyanese, other Caribbean farmers, build food security

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Wednesday officially launched the Caribbean Agricultural Productivity Improvement Activity (CAPA), a programme that aims at increasing food security efforts, while strengthening the livelihoods of farmers locally. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed by UG’s Vice Chancellor, and Improving Economies for Stronger Communities (IESC) CAPA’s Programme Director, Sandford Edwards, to ...

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Guyana to be part of southern Caribbean ferry route

President Irfaan Ali on Friday announced that Guyana would be part of a ferry service that would link this South American country with sister Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados. He announced the formation of the company at the signing ceremony for a US$35 million four-lane bridge between Mackenzie and Linden. “Yesterday, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and ...

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GUYSUCO rolling out mechanisation to counter labour shortage – Agri Minister

The state-owned Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) has employed 543 new employees at Rose Hall Estate to implement a mechanisation programme as the sugar industry continues to grapple with a labour shortage, Minister of Agriculture Zulfikar Mustapha said Tuesday. He was responding to questions from opposition APNU+AFC parliamentarian, Vinceroy Jordan about why GY$643,690,000 was spent on wages and salaries. “We employed ...

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CDB funds food traceability system in Guyana to boost exports

November 20, 2023 – BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: To further its mission to promote sustainable agriculture and enhance food production, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a grant of USD280,906 to implement a food traceability system in Guyana designed to boost the export of leafy greens and pineapples. The pilot will lay the foundation for a traceability system throughout the agro-food ...

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Drought major reason for spike in ‘greens’ prices

President Irfaan Ali on Monday said sharp increase in fruits and vegetables was due to the prolonged drought that has damaged and destroyed produce, prompting government to attempt the cushion the impact of the dry season by providing fertiliser to farmers and cash grants to thousands of Guyanese. “Our famers are faced with a prolonged dry season- drought conditions. Yield ...

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Govt hands out GY$5 billion cost of living fund in bonuses

President Irfaan Ali on Thursday announced that the previously unused GY$5 billion cost-of-living fund that was set aside in the 2023 National Budget would be handed out as one-off bonuses to government workers, old age pensioners and disabled persons. “This one of bonus payments will benefit almost 160,000 persons and increase their disposable income by over $4.1 billion,” he said. ...

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Guyana poised to benefit from US-funded farmer-to-farmer assistance

Guyanese farmers are set to benefit from specialised technical assistance under a $5.3 million Caribbean Agricultural Productivity Improvement Activity (CAPA) project being funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a senior aid official announced Wednesday night. “In Guyana, the programme is currently in the design phase,” Regional Representative of USAID in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean, Mr. ...

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Caribbean Private Sector Organisation begins preparations for CARICOM’s challenge to solve transportation problem

The Caribbean Private Sector Organisation (CPSO) has almost immediately taken up a call by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments to solve transportation woes by finding a blend between public sector incentives and private sector investments with financing by the African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK), CPSO Chief Executive Officer Dr Patrick Antoine said Tuesday. He said CPSO representatives on Tuesday held talks with ...

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Guyana to host Caribbean Centre for Agriculture, data centre for farmers

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) will be assisting in the conversion of the Guyana School of Agriculture (GSA) into a Centre for Excellence in Agriculture and the establishment of a technology-driven data centre for farmers in the region, President Irfaan Ali announced on Friday. “IICA and the government of Guyana have agreed that we will develop a ...

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Guyana running out of coastal land to distribute- Ali

President Irfaan Ali has said that Guyana is running out of large acreages of land on the coastal strip. Speaking at the recently held Guyana-Canada Chamber of Commerce Dinner and Awards, he said, “the reality is that we don’t have that land now on the coast.” He said he asked for pictures of new developments asked for pictures of the ...

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