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  1. Guyana to ramp up food production

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Advancement in the agriculture sector is imminent, as much emphasis is being placed on reducing Guyana’s and the Caribbean’s foodimport bill by 25 per cent by 2025 through the increased production of high-valued crops to meet its market demands, among other things.
    In a recent interview, Agriculture Minister, Zulfikar Mustapha, said Guyana spent, $2.6 billon in the last year on the importation of highvalued crops, such as broccoli, cauliflower and carrots.
    It is for this reason that the government intends to continue the diversification of the agriculture sector next year.
    Minister Mustapha said that while agriculture is one of the main sectors that will help to diversify the country’s economy, much more work has to be done.
    He related that the goal is to first become self-sufficient.
    “Two weeks ago I signed a contract with an Israeli company for shade houses and hydroponics… I think what is happening in the country and with the investment coming on stream, we can become selfsufficient,”
    Mustapha said.
    Earlier this year, President Dr. Irfaan Ali, had launched the Agriculture and Innovation Entrepreneurship Programme, a project aimed at tapping into the benefits of the production of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots. Fifty-four shade houses were developed under the project.
    Mustapha said that the recent agreement between the Israeli company will see the President’s programme being expanded even further.
    The US$15.7 million project will include the construction of a hydroponic growing system and will be integrated into the ongoing shade house project along the East Coast of Demerara.
    “In the hospitality industry and the oil and gas industry these products are in high demand.
    “We can be self-sufficient in those areas and that is where we are looking to reduce the food-import bill,” Minister Mustapha said.
    He said too that Guyana will also increase its production of corn, soya bean and wheat.
    “At the end of 2023, we might see close to 5,000 acres of corn cultivation, because we are hoping, in the next three years, we can take that up to 25,000,” Mustapha said.
    Early this year, works on three, 3000-tonne silos and one 80-tonne-per-hour drying tower at Tacama Landing, along the Berbice River, had begun, so as to increase the production of corn and soya bean in that area.
    Further, in the first quarter of the new year, construction of the foundation and installation of a corn and soya bean processing plant will commence at the Tacama Landing.
    That processing plant will provide a drying and storage facility for the corn and soya farmers in the Tacama area.
    In 2021, six local companies and a regional firm joined together to undertake a massive project that could see Guyana becoming self-sufficient in corn and soya bean over the next few years.
    The owners of Guyana Stockfeeds Incorporated, Royal Chicken, Edun Farms, SBM wood, Dubulay Ranch, and Bounty farm ltd., along with the Brazilian-owned, N F agriculture, have partnered to produce soya bean and corn for both the local and regional markets.
    (Guyana Chronicle)

  2. It was packed with entertainment, creating a sweet vibe. There was no shortage of liquor for drink lovers. The menu prepared by one of the island’s culinary best, Chef Creig Greenidge, included roasted salmon and cream cheese with assorted crackers; fish cakes with tartar sauce; curry chicken salad cups; tea; coffee; breakfast oats; cheese and herb scrambled eggs; rosemary sea-salt breakfast potatoes; grilled chicken sausage; Bajan seasoned chicken and waffles; honey balsamic glazed ham carvery; and white wine infused with chicken.

  3. @Hants
    You ‘living large and in charge’
    Living the dream.
    Did you sign up for the $2500/person event… If you got it, flaunt it

    Poor me.. some biscuits and cheeses, some apple cider, music on the radio and will wait for you to post your links of the party.

    Happy New Years to you and yours.

  4. Gardening season is around the corner. Ordered some new non GMO seeds from two seed houses. I have been re-using the same seeds for years and the yields were not good last year. I will be trying perilla this year and Valencia peanuts. I also got some shanghai bok choi, which my son prefers to the regular big choi. This year I will plant my yard long beans at home so they won’t temp other peoples hands to pick them. I also got new butternut squash seeds, heritage, which grows only to eight inches long. I got some clemson spineless okras which I will plant with my Indian lady fingers.

  5. This thread used to be a lot more popular with the Bu ladies but is more difficult to find with the navigation of the new Bu format
    it needs a special tab

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