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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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Guyana, Barbados collaborating to ease shipping congestion from Trinidad- Ali

President Irfaan Ali on Wednesday announced that Guyana and Barbados were working to end difficulties in the movement of cargo from Trinidad to this South American nation. Addressing the commissioning of a US$8 million mixing plant of the National Milling Company (NAMILCO), a subsidiary of the American company, SEABOARD, the Guyanese leader said steps were being taken to maximise the ...

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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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China to train Guyanese fisherfolk in cage fishing

China is set to train several Guyanese fisherfolk in cage fishing, a novel technique in this South America nation, to further increase fish production, Minister of Agriculture Zulfikar Mustapha said Friday. He told a ceremony in observation of National Fisherfolk Day 2023 at the Lusignan Community Centre Ground that the time has come to change fishing techniques due to the ...

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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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Spices mixed to perfection on show at GuyTIE

by Gwen Evelyn Lakiraj Singh and his three sons have carved out a special niche in the local spice market, and for a very good reason. They don’t just crunch herbs and spices into bags and churn them out for a quick payback; the Singhs’ approach is much more precise and attentive. They prepare the finest Guyanese spices by using ...

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IAST pushing local products to outshine imports; ready for GuyTIE 2020

by Gwen Evelyn GEORGETOWN, Guyana — November 15, 2019 — What started out as a quest to develop local products and add value has turned into a thriving and growing industry today. Cereals, personal-care products and condiments are now all being produced locally at the highest standards and export-ready quality. This is thanks to the work being done at the ...

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