D&I to be significantly boosted in several regions – as contracts valued $697M signed for sluices and pump stations
Yearly the Government of Guyana has proven that better drainage and irrigation countrywide is high on its agenda and as such has been making allocations in the annual budget to enhance these aspects in light of climate change and Guyana being a food producing nation.
In addressing outstanding payment to rice farmers, Agriculture Minister Dr Leslie Ramsammy said the Government believes they must be paid on a timely basis, fully and fairly.
Minister of Agriculture Dr. Leslie Ramsammy announced on Saturday that Shaik Baksh, current CEO of the Guyana Water Inc., has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (Guysuco).
Fishermen must install monitoring systems or be refused a licence – Minister Ramsammy- to help minimize piracy
Minister of Agriculture, Dr Leslie Ramsammy said trawler owners will be denied a fishing licence unless they are in possession of a Vessel Monitoring System (VMS), while in 2015, artisanal fishermen will have to be in possession of a Global Positioning System (GPS) in order to be granted a licence.
The Government of Guyana and Panama have signed an agreement that will see Panama purchasing approximately 5000 tonnes of rice per month from Guyana, following a recent meeting between delegations from both countries.
Agricultural Month 2014 was launched with a Food and Nutrition Cook- Off competition, in keeping with a strategic plan for the sector to ‘Eat what we produce’. The aim is to ultimately reduce the food import bill of Guyana, an issue which is also of concern in other countries across the CARICOM region.
Guysuco should have no difficulties exceeding 2014 target- Minister Ramsammy-new board members to be announced soon
Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy said that Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (Guysuco) second grinding season is off to a promising start and therefore the corporation should have no difficulties in meeting and even exceeding the 216,000 tonnes target for 2014.
Agri Minister urges millers to settle accounts with rice farmers before 2nd crop harvesting kicks in -90 percent payment completed
Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy said that by tomorrow (August 8) there should be a zero balance in terms of payments to rice farmers in most of the regions. Only recently, the Ministry paid off approximately $22.5B.
The growing demand for coconut and its value- added products is serving as a major incentive for farmers to expand their production and improve farming practices.
Farmers from Pomeroon, one of two major coconut areas in Guyana, (the other area being West Bank Berbice) have formed the Pomeroon Coconut and Other Crop Farmers Association with the aim of improving and expanding coconut production in the area. The association also proposes to promote and market the sale of the coconut and its value-added products in the Pomeroon.