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The Honourable Minister of Agriculture Noel Holder

The Honourable Minister of Agriculture Noel Holder

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It is my firm belief that it is important for everyone to be aware of the fact that agriculture is currently the world’s leading employer and plays a vital role in the livelihood of 40% of its population. In Guyana, we are fortunate to have an agriculture sector that is both strong and well structured. Credit must be given to the Government of Guyana and Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) in particular, which showed both commitment and wisdom in investing and creating favorable pathways for continued development of the sector over the past four years.  

I am both pleased and impressed that the new management of Hope Coconut Industries Limited (HCIL) took advantage of the favorable environment that was created by the MOA to work towards making the estate sustainable and less dependent on Government’s subvention for its day to day management. 

The major setbacks the estate suffered under mismanagement by the PPP led Government cannot be swept under the carpet. The estate was hemorrhaging badly and almost went bankrupt. Staff at one time were not paid their monthly salaries for months. All the basic infrastructures were in a state of total collapse and corruption was rampant. However, we should put these unfortunate occurrences behind us and look positively towards the future.

Currently, I must acknowledge the fact that the financial future for HCIL is bright. As a direct result of prudent management of its resources and systems put in place by the MOA, the annual income of the estate has leaped from G$17 million in 2015 to G$36million in 2019. This resulted in a 47% increase in income.  

In its wisdom, the current government over the past 4 years, invested significant financial and human resources to improve the crippling infrastructure at Hope Estate. The aim of this intervention was to better serve farmers’ needs, most of whom are small producers and risk takers. As a direct result of these interventions, today the tides have turned for the better. Several bridges, dams, main access road, the entire D&I system, extension and repairs of the main office building, establishing of a vibrant coconut nursery and coconut demonstration plot – to name a few are now up and running for the benefit of stakeholder of Hope Estate. 

 

The year 2019 was good for HCIL. Much needed improvements were made, especially in the area of improving its infrastructure. It is important to mention that the estate has embarked on projects that are economically smart, environmentally safe and agronomically sound.  Its highly successful coconut nursery, which continues to serve farmers’ needs and is currently one of HCIL ‘s main income streams as well as the extension of its Head Office Building should be commended. The estate is expected to perform even better in 2020. This is because the MOA has in its plan to provide HCIL with a few critical pieces of equipment as well as an excavator which will be used full time to improve the D & I systems that are so critical for production. In addition, a mechanical pump, which is currently under construction at a cost of over G$ 200 million is expected to become fully operational in the first quarter of 2020. This will significantly reduce the occurrence of flooding at Hope Estate. Farmers and stakeholders can be assured that these interventions will aid in the transition journey of the estate towards sustainability and improved services.

The Ministry of Agriculture will continue to provide the necessary  guidance to both the management of HCIL and farmers to bring back the estate from disarray and neglect  to profitability. We are committed, and will work assiduously, to ensure the value chain at HCIL becomes more productive, efficient, profitable and, critically, more inclusive. I wish to take this opportunity to encourage all producers to look seriously at adopting innovative agricultural technologies that are yield enhancing. This, if adopted and implemented correctly, can result in increased production and productivity. I firmly belief that with the required assistance farmers would be incentivized to work both harder and smarter for their own benefit and the benefit of our agricultural sector in particular as well as the nation’s welfare in general.

 

Hon. Noel Holder M.P.

Minister of Agriculture

The Hydrometeorological Service is reporting that increased rainfall is expected as northern Guyana transitions into the second Wet/Rainy season of the year. The secondary rainfall season usually begins in the second half of November and continues until the end of January to mid February the following year. The rainfall season is driven mainly by the southern migration of the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and upper atmospheric features such as the subtropical jet and troughs. Over the past two weeks the Hydrometeorological Service has observed that these systems are beginning to affect Guyana affording the conditions for increased rainfall activity and the commencement of the rainfall season, marginally ahead of the usual commencement period.

Given the arrival of the rainfall season, water accumulation in areas with compromised drainage is expected; this can lead to localized flooding/flood related hazards, an upsurge in mosquito breeding, moisture related pests and water borne diseases.

The Hydrometeorological Service strongly urges that careful attention be given to short-range forecasts provided by the Hydrometeorological Service’s National Weather Watch Center (NWWC) in order to plan daily activities, especially by persons involved in agricultural sector and those inhabiting flood prone areas. Further, there are several periods of above normal high tides forecasted in the coming months, which when coupled with the forecasted weather conditions can have severe localized impacts on the livelihood of the citizenry. It is therefore incumbent upon citizens and responsible agencies to take all necessary steps to prepare for the commencement of the rainfall season and the associated impacts on all sectors.

The Hydrometeorological Service will provide updates to its seasonal forecast and warnings as new information becomes available. For short range forecasts and weather analyses, stakeholders are advised to follow the Daily Weather Briefs, Outlooks and Advisories produced by the National Weather Watch Centre or visit www.hydromet.gov.gy. The Forecast Desk can be reached at 261-4489/261-2216 on a 24-hour basis.

The Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA) hereby seeks to bring to the general public an update on actions implemented by the Agency as it relates to the suspected introduction of Duck Hepatitis Virus to six duck farms on the coast of Guyana (Regions 3, 4 & 6).

Having received reports of high mortality amongst some farmers, an investigation was conducted by GLDA on the affected farms where Duck Viral Hepatitis (DVH) was viewed as the suspected primary disease for high mortality in ducklings between the ages of 3 to 15 days old. Samples were collected, processed and shipped to the Cornell University Duck Research Laboratory for confirmation. While this suspected disease is not treatable, Guyana awaits a response from the Laboratory to guide its future course of action in safeguarding Guyana’s animal health status.

We wish to further indicate that to date only the six private farms are affected by this disease outbreak and we have successfully been able to contain it, mainly as a result of our actions to close our hatchery, quarantine the affected farms and restrict the movements of ducklings. Additionally, to date the GLDA’s Duck Unit at Mon Repos has not been affected or has shown any signs or symptoms of this disease. Therefore, we are convinced that this outbreak affected only those six farms that we have quarantined that toll hatch at the GLDA hatchery. Further in order for us at the GLDA to continue to provide quality breeding material to the duck farming community we have imported 1400 breeding ducklings which will assist in the rebuilding of the sector.

This disease has not manifested itself in the other poultry sectors, chicken, turkey and Guinea bird, and was only observed in Muscovy ducklings between the ages of 3 to 15 days old. We would wish to assure that it is safe to consume all poultry products, including ducks.

Further, based on investigations should this disease be confirmed by the laboratory, as Duck Viral Hepatitis, it is our believe that this disease was introduced into Guyana by perhaps the illegal importation of hatching eggs or ducklings.

The GLDA takes this opportunity to remind the public in general and all livestock farmers in particular, that the illegal importation of livestock and livestock products into Guyana poses serious risk to the health of humans and animals since it prohibits our ability to ensure that whatever is imported is free from diseases.

Apart, from our suspicions of the smuggling of hatching eggs and ducklings we have encountered too many cases of the smuggling of dogs and birds into Guyana. Dogs are affected by numerous diseases that are both detrimental to humans and animals such as rabies and leptospirosis, while birds can be affected by avian influenza, amongst other diseases.  The general public is hereby encouraged to partner with the GLDA in safeguarding the health of the nation by reporting all instances of illegal animal import (smuggling) to the GLDA or the nearest Police Station. Information provided to GLDA will be treated with strict confidentiality.

We could be contacted on the numbers 592-220-6556 or 220-6557 or e-mail at glda1910@gmail.com

Thank You

Management of GLDA.

MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE

AGRICULTURE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT UNIT (ASDU)

HINTERLAND ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (HESADP)

Applications are invited from suitable qualified Individual Consultants for the following positions.

  1. Regional Project Coordinator – Regional Sub Office (Region 9)
  2. Social Inclusion and Gender Specialist – Regional Sub Office (Region 9)
  3. Regional Field Facilitator – Regional Sub Office (Region 9)
  4. Procurement Officer – Project Management Unit (Georgetown)

 

The Terms of Reference and Detailed Job Description for the above-mentioned positions can be viewed at Ministry of Agriculture website www.agriculture.gov.gy and Agriculture Sector Development Unit website: www.asdu.gov.gy  .A hard copy can be uplifted in person from the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Regent & Vlissengen Road, Bourda Georgetown.

 The Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Selection Based on Individual Consultant method set out in the IFAD’s Procurement Hand Book.

Applications comprising a cover letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae, should be emailed to ps.moagy@gmail.com or submitted in person to Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Regent Street & Vlissengen Road, Bourda, Georgetown with the position applied for clearly marked on the envelope and the project name – Hinterland Environmentally Sustainable Agricultural Development Project no later than March 08, 2019.

 

Terms of Reference

Regional Project Coordinator

Objective:

The Regional Coordinator is responsible for the effective and timely implementation of the Hinterland Project activities in Region 9.

Characteristics of Appointment:

  1. Type of Appointment: Individual
  2. Duration: 1 year, renewable on the basics of performance.
  3. Place of Work: Hinterland Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture Development Project Office in Lethem, Region 9, Guyana.
  4. Reporting: The Regional Project Coordinator will report to the Project Manager, and will work closely with the Regional Management Committee of the specific region.

Qualifications:

The Regional Project Coordinator should have:-

  1. Qualification: University Degree or equivalent Diploma or Certificate or a minimum of six (6) CSEC subjects including English Language.
  2. General Experience:
  3. At least three (3) year field experience as a manager or project coordinator or volunteer and/or employee in the public/NGO sector working with developmental programmes that targeted Region 9 at the Communities and/or District level.
  4. Rural areas grass roots experience working with Amerindian communities is essential.
  5. At least two (2) years of experience with training and supporting farmers in adopting small scale climate resilient agricultural technologies and developing income generating activities will be an advantage.
  6. Proven experience with gender equality and social inclusion and knowledge and understanding of Amerindian’s culture is important. Good interpersonal, communication, facilitation, transfer of knowledge and organization skills is essential.
  7. Consultants may not associate with other consultants or firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications.
  8. Good interpersonal, communication, facilitation, transfer of knowledge and organizational skills are essential.

Position Responsibilities

The Regional Project Coordinator will:

  • Provide effective and efficient leadership to the project implementation team at the regional level and ensure achievement of the goals and objectives of the project in a comprehensive and sustainable manner.
  • Prepare all regional strategic project planning, management and related documents that are important to overall efficient and effective project implementation.
  • Manage the finances of the project in the target region and ensure that all expenditures are in keeping with project objectives and activities.
  • Assist the Project Manager with the preparation of bidding documents, terms of reference or MOUs for Project services providers.
  • Oversee the performance of the regional office in implementing their direct responsibilities and in supervising field activities.
  • Supervise in the region, the implementation of service provider contracts and MOUs, including those with the Financial Institution(s).
  • Work closely with the Social Inclusion and Gender Equality Specialist on the implementation of the Project’s strategy in this area.
  • Oversee the activities of the Field Facilitators in relation to M&E activities and the recollection of documentation on regional expenditures and documentation related to the implementation of investment Plans by communities or Producers Groups.
  • Work closely with the Project Manager and M&E Specialist on monitoring progress on the Project Logical Framework indicators and assessing project delivery and impact.
  • Provide input to the quarterly progress and six-monthly reports (on technical, managerial and accounting matters)
  • Establish and maintain on behalf of the project excellent relation with all regional project partners such as NAREI, GLDA, NGMC, MOIPA, MOC, MOB, MNRE, FIs, private sector, NGOs and with other agencies sharing the objectives of the project so that synergies can be maximized.
  • Respond to all requests by the Project Manager as it relates to management and implementation of HINTERLAND PROJECT in specific region.
  • Participate as a resource person for the technical components of the project where management lessons from the project itself can be beneficial to stakeholders.
  • Represent the project at the regional level, especially its social goals in all direct activities of the project and in forums where the project is participating or its results are being featured.

Compensation Package

The contract will be for one-year duration but is subject to annual renewal. The compensation package is negotiable but cannot exceed specific scales currently in places for projects funded by IFAD.

 

Terms of Reference

Social Inclusion and Gender Equality Specialist 

Objective

The Specialist is to be responsible for the effective and timely implementation of the HINTERLAND PROJECT´s social inclusion and gender equality strategy in Regions 9. 

Characteristics of the Appointment

 Type of Appointment: Individual 

  • Place of Work: Hinterland Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture Development Project Office, Lethem, Region 9, Guyana. 
  • Duration: 1 year, renewable on the basis of performance. 
  • Reporting: The Specialist will report to the Project Manager, and will work closely with both Regional Project Coordinator, other PMU staff, and service providers. 

Qualifications:

The Specialist should have:

  • University Degree, preferably in social studies and/or Diploma in social studies

General Experience:

  • At least three (3) years of experience with gender mainstreaming in rural development projects (experience with working in hinterland regions is preferable)
  • At least 2 years of experience in working with indigenous villages or communities;
  • Experience in working with rural youth is an advantage
  • Rural area grass roots experience
  • Demonstrate evidence of being an excellent communicator;
  • Experience with writing of technical and progress reports

Position Responsibilities

 The Specialist will:

  • Provide technical support in order to strengthen the PMU staff´s, project partners´ and service providers´ understanding of gender equality, youth participation and how to work in the cultural context of the different indigenous tribes.
  • Provide staff, partners and service providers with tools to mainstream gender equality and social inclusion in their work and field activities.
  • Provide support to service providers in charge of facilitating the mapping and investment planning process with village and community members and producers’ groups. Specifically, ensuring that women and men, as well as male and female youth can participate fully in this process.
  • Provide support to service providers in charge of coaching business plan implementation, specifically ensuring gender equality as part of the strengthening of producer’s groups and that women and men, as well as male and female youth can participate fully in business coaching and the foreseen benefits from business development.
  • Assist the two Regional Project Coordinators in their responsibility for the mainstreaming of social inclusion and gender equity in project implementation and ensuring that the target group is reached as foreseen and defined in the project design documents and Log frame.

The Specialist will assist with:

  • Coordination and successful implementation (through service providers and/or strategic alliances) of the following programmes:
  1. Vocational and Technical Skills Training.
  2. Life skills Training.
  3. Leadership training.
  4. Subscribing and monitoring of the implementation of MOUs with specialized organizations to address social problems in regions 1 and 9 as they are key for the Project to successfully reach its expected outcomes and objectives.
  5. Supervision and orientation of service providers to ensure that social inclusion and gender equality is mainstreamed in their activities and reporting.
  6. Assist representatives from beneficiaries (male, female and youth representative) in the National Steering Committee and Regional Management Committees in understanding their role (rights and responsibilities) and assist them in overcoming obstacles to participate fully in these bodies.
  7. Support service providers in developing adequate and understandable for specific audiences (indigenous peoples, women, and youth) awareness raising and training methods and materials in different topics: nutrition, participatory mapping, investment planning, natural resource management, climate change adaptation, organization of producer’s groups, business coaching, amongst others.
  8. Work with the M&E Specialist and Field Facilitators to ensure that monitoring and evaluation will use disaggregated data (sex, age, ethnicity-tribes), and analysis and reporting include sections on gender equity and outreach to the target group.
  9. Support the PMU in developing gender specific criteria for the selection of investment plans.
  10. Support the PMU in the fine tuning of the Project Implementation Manual in that gender equity and youth participation is reflected in the relevant sections. 
  1. Compensation Package

The contract will be for one-year duration but is subject to annual renewal. The compensation package is negotiable but cannot exceed specific scales currently in place for projects funded by IFAD.

Terms of Reference

Field Facilitator

Regional Officer, Region 9

Objective:

The Field Facilitator is to be responsible for the support, effective and timely implementation of the Hinterland Project’s field supervision work, collecting field data and assist in monitoring field activities in Regions 9.

Characteristics of the Appointment 

  • Type of Appointment: Individual 
  • Duration: 1 year, renewable on the basis of performance. 
  • Place of Work: Hinterland Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture Development Project Office, Lethem, Region 9, Guyana. 
  • Reporting: The Facilitator will report to the Project Manager, and will work closely with both Regional Project Coordinators, other PMU staff, and service providers. 
  • Qualification: Diploma or equivalent Certificate of six (6) CSEC subjects including English Language.

 

General Experience:

  1. At least one (1) year of field experience as a facilitator working as a volunteer and/or employee in the public/NGO sector with developmental programmes implemented in Region 9 at the communities and/or at the District and/or Regional level.
  2. Rural areas grass roots experience working with Amerindian communities is essential
  3. Must be familiar and have experience with project implementation, particularly with indigenous groups.
  4. Rural areas grassroots experience, with knowledge and understanding of indigenous populations’ culture is essential
  5. Previous experience with gender equality, ideally in a project/programme framework
  6. Good interpersonal, facilitation, organizational, communication and knowledge transfer (using print and/or other media) skills are essential
  7. Functional in Computer Software (Word, Excel, etc.) is essential

 Position Responsibilities

 The Field Facilitator will:

             Assist with the M&E Specialist in the overall M&E and knowledge management tasks and will also provide support to the project administration and account staff in the following-up to timely submission of proof of purchase and payment regarding expenditures from local services providers in the regions. Specifically, he/she will:

  1. Assist with the timely collection of quotes, bills, receipts, proof of purchase and payment regarding expenditures from local service providers in the regions, technical and financial reports from communities or producers’ groups in order to facilitate timely disbursements in scope of investment plans.
  2. Be directly responsible for the timely collection of reliable data required for measuring the LF indicators; while using disaggregated data will allow monitoring the targeting strategy and the mainstreaming of vulnerable groups (sex, age groups, tribes) and inputs into database;
  3. Follow-up with service providers in the regions (including the Financial Institution (s)), in order to ensure they provide the Project Management Unit with the required data, reliable and timely;
  4. Provide training to rural and indigenous communities and producers groups in the use of participatory monitoring and evaluation tools developed by the M&E Specialist;
  5. Assist with the coordination and implementation of the annual Regional Evaluation and Planning Workshops, ensure recording of results for use in next year’s AWPB;
  6. Assist with development of evidence-based knowledge products;
  7. Assist PMU staff and project beneficiaries from indigenous and rural communities and producers’ groups in developing the writing of short development (success) stories;
  8. Assist with the setting up and regular meetings of thematic networks in the Region that would lead to capturing knowledge; and
  9. Assist with the development of short videos and radio programmes (as alternative for beneficiaries to written communication).

Compensation Package

The contract will be for one-year duration but is subject to annual renewal. The compensation package is negotiable but cannot exceed specific scales currently in place for projects funded by IFAD.

 

Terms of Reference:

 Procurement Officer 

Main Purpose of the Job

The objective of the appointment is to effectively manage the procurement processes of works, goods and services required for the implementation of the Project in accordance with the IFAD and GOG’s established procurement procedures, laws and regulations.

Characteristics of the Appointment:

Type of Appointment:       Individual

Duration:                                1 year, renewable on the basis of performance.

Place of work:                        Agriculture Sector Development Unit [ASDU], Ministry of Agriculture, Georgetown,                                                             Guyana.

Reporting:                              The Procurement Officer will report directly to the Project Manager and work closely                                                           with the Procurement Officer of the ASDU.

Qualifications:

The Procurement Officer should have:

  1. A Bachelor’s Degree in Management Studies, Engineering or Procurement Management or other related field from a recognized university
  2. Computer competence in software packages: Microsoft Word, Excel and Project Management
  3. Familiarity with Donors, and in particular IFAD procedures, is desirable but not necessary
  4. Knowledge of IFAD, GOG and other lending agencies procurement policies is desirable but not necessary
  5. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal skills

  • Position Responsibilities

      The Procurement Officer will:

  1. Prepare and submit in a timely manner the annual procurement plans of the Hinterland Project in accordance with its Annual Operating Plans.
  2. Plan, supervise and coordinate procurement activities of the Hinterland Project for goods and services.
  3. Examine relevant documents and liaise with suppliers to verify and develop specifications of purchase requests to determine the need for purchases.
  4. Consult price lists and catalogs and communicate with possible suppliers to obtain information on prices and services available, quality and availability of products and compare data to determine the best suppliers.
  5. Advise the Project Manger and Regional Project Coordinator of inherent contractual rights and obligations and valuates contract performance for compliance.
  6. Prepare and evaluate bidding documents and associated contracts, in accordance with the IFAD’s, GOG’s established procurement procedures, laws and regulations.
  7. Draw up tender lists based on projected requirements and study bids, comparing prices and specifications.
  8. Arrange for the Selection Committee to review tenders and prepare relevant paper work.
  9. Complete and forward Purchase Orders or Contracts to Suppliers or Consultants; negotiate and follow-up as required with respect to delivery of goods and services.
  10. Maintain records and support documents that are necessary to account for all purchases and distribution of goods and services related to the implementation of the Project.
  11. Arbitrate claims or complaints occurring during performance of Contracts.
  12. Undertake any other duties and responsibilities that may, from time to time, be reasonably requested by the Project Manager of the Hinterland Project.

  • Compensation Package

The contract will be for one-year duration but is subject to annual renewal. The compensation package is negotiable but cannot exceed specific scales currently in place for projects funded by IFAD.

 

 

 

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