The Ministry of Agriculture’s, National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), is currently tendering for the rehabilitation of the access road for the Ebini Agriculture Station along with the construction of three timber bridges and the installation of High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipe culverts.
These projects are estimated at a cost of $42.8M. A compulsory pre-bid meeting will be held on the construction site, at Ebini, Berbice River on April 12. All interested bidders must be present at the Ministry of Agriculture for 04:00 am departure. The meeting will commence at 10 am.
These projects are in keeping with government’s programme for agricultural diversification, and will not only create greater easier access to the site, but also boost production and commercial activities in the area.
A Brazilian firm, New Frontier Agriculture Incorporated (NFAI) will be commencing a large scale commercial production of soybean in Ebini, shortly.
NAREI has begun preparatory works to facilitate this investment. Head of the agency, Dr Oudho Homenauth pointed out that, “Our focus at Ebini would be the development of a nursery, which will happen I suspect before the middle of the year… we have to go through the process of advertising and so on, we will also be expanding our orchard that will be further increased by at least 10 acres.”
This investment is expected to significantly reduce the amount of foreign currency expended on soybean (used in production of animal feed) since it will be available locally. Guyana imports approximately 30,000 tonnes of animal feed per year.