Guyanese women grow sorrel for export – by Tangerine Clarke

Guyanese women grow sorrel

Guyanese women grow sorrel – Click image to increase font size

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  • Gertrude Marques  On 04/22/2013 at 2:11 am

    I am very glad that Our Women of Guyana is launching such a drive, they have to make sure that if they have a market, there product has to be ready for the Xmas season because that is when it is in demand. I am living in the USA and it is very expensive here. They have to make sure that they a genuin Market and don’t let the buyers tell them that it is not a selling. It must be perfectly dried so that they could last for a long time.

  • de castro  On 04/22/2013 at 8:42 am

    Interesting indeed…and good advice.
    I am sure others will copy the initiative and the government should guarantee
    a price for their produce…even encourage the formation of cooperative or
    association of sorrel growers which guarantees a price and market for their
    My experience in farming olive orange and almonds in southern Spain
    was storage….
    Olives can be picked green for preservatives or ripe for local cooperative
    factory in exchange for oil or guaranteed cash price fixed by government.
    Oranges more difficult to market or store…even to allow for “pick your own”
    Idea…most fall and rot or I juice and freeze.
    Almonds can pick and store easily from year to year and prices
    always increase year after year…demand ever present.
    I have planted 50 other fruit trees which fruit early and later
    in order to pick fruit over as long a period as possible…
    Some can be dried and stored for winter …climate is temperate
    not tropical which has limitations of variety.
    Guyana is blessed with greater varieties and longer
    fruiting periods.
    My first priority was to be “self sufficient” in fruit and vegetable.
    Animals and birds to be introduced later.
    Hot water and electricity comes from the sun….
    Water from a nearby fountain (aqua-fir) river.
    TV is digital with too many “free channels”…
    Telephone mobile via internet connection…also TV connect ability free.
    By end of 2013 I hope to be over 75 % “self sufficient”…
    I will then duplicate this project in the southern hemisphere
    on three borders..Guyana/Brazil/Venezuela on 1/3rd land.
    Less than 3000m2 land…in South Spain I foolishly bought
    10.000m2 land for 30.000 Euros….I could have leased the land
    from local government for 10euros a year with a 25 year lease.
    Hindsight teaches fools…
    Land reformation of our planet may yet save it….from the rape and plunder
    by the wealthy men lti-national corporations and their insatiable greed.

    Guyana and Guyanese must learn from the mistakes of the fools of the
    “First world” not by copying them but reinventing improving itself/themselves.
    We can but learn from the fools mistakes.

    Forever the everlasting optimist

  • London  On 04/23/2013 at 3:22 pm

    Very good news indeed. I have for a long time wondered why Guyanese, either the Government or the people themselves, could not recognize the vast potential for wealth-creation through agricultural initiatives such as this. As anyone living in North America will attest (I’ve been a resident of Canada for more than forty years) it’s a joy to see many of the fruits we enjoyed in our homeland on sale in local supermarkets. Until we look at the price!! Things like five-finger (star-fruit) with an average price of $2.00 CAD each, wiri-wiri peppers $8.00 CAD / lb, star apple $3.99 / lb, and the list goes on. We already know that these fruits are all easy to grow in Guyana, they’ve been there since I was a boy. I agree with the reader who suggests the formation of a farmers cooperative. This cooperative should manage such things as site selection, land servicing, market research, contractual arrangements with brokers etc., and should be setup by and for the farmers themselves, with minimal bureaucracy (as a past employee of the Guyana Ministry of Economic Development, I’ve seen too many ambitious projects fail because of multiple layers of bureaucracy!!) Kudos to Dr. Harding on her project.

  • Francis Quamina Farrier  On 05/06/2016 at 1:16 pm

    I was invited and went along with the late Dr. Faith Harding to two visits to these Women (and Men) Sorrel Farms. I took video footage of the farmers and their Farms, and produced some news items on my “Farrier’s Friday Feature” television programme on HBTV Chanel 9. Last year, I wrote and performed in a one-character play entitled “Sandra’s Sorrel” which was staged at the National Cultural Centre at the National Drama Festival. It was in honour and to the memory of Dr Faith Harding.

  • demerwater  On 05/06/2016 at 5:46 pm

    It is pretty, and pretty versatile also.

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