The national Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) capacity in Region 9 has been boosted with the handing over of an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) on Friday last.
During an outreach exercise in the Region, Chief Executive Officer, NAREI, Dr. Oudho Homenauth used the opportunity to hand over the vehicle to further advance the extension work of the Institute.
“The extension arm of NAREI is very crucial in the Region. The staff are required to be in villages which are impossible to meet at times. The ATV is expected to significantly boost their presence in all regions,” Dr. Homenauth said.
The extension arm of NAREI remains an important component of the Ministry of Agriculture, as technical assistance is often sought. This is to ensure that farmers in the region livelihoods are not lost as it would significantly improve transportation and economic activities in the Region.
The ATV will add to the fleet of ATVs that have already been handed over earlier this year.
Amerindian communities are being transformed from traditional villages into modern communities capable of providing their residents with a standard of living that would please any Guyanese. Government remains committed to this ideal and continues to work diligently to make it a reality.
Agriculture Minister, Noel Holder led a high level team on a four-day outreach to Region Nine, where efforts were made at boosting agriculture in the Region.
The Minister was accompanied by Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. George Jervis, Country Representative, Food and Agriculture Organization, Mr. Ruben Robertson, General Manager, Guyana Rice Development Board, Mr. Nizam Hassan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, GLDA Dr. Dwight Waldron, Chief Fisheries Officer, Mr. Denzil Roberts, Chief Executive Officer, NDIA, Mr. Fredrick Flatts, Chief Executive Officer, NAREI, Dr. Oudho Homenauth, Chief Hydromet Officer, Dr. Garvin Cummings, Registrar, Pesticide and Toxic Chemicals Controls Board, Ms. Trecia David and Hinterland Crop Extension Officer, Guyana Marketing Corporation, Ms. Jo-Lee Walton.