Daily Archives: 11/05/2013

Guyana’s Agriculture: Rice record for 2013 – commentary

Guyana’s Agriculture: Rice record for 2013

NOVEMBER 4, 2013 ·  STABROEK NEWS – EDITORIAL

Amid the political stalemate, rampant crime, the squalor of the city and the dire state of the sugar industry the news about rice output has provided welcome relief.

Dr Leslie Ramsammy

Dr Leslie Ramsammy

Based on information provided to the Government Information Agency by Agriculture Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, rice production so far this year has reached 514,000 tonnes,  zooming past last year’s record of 422,000 tonnes, which until October 21st was said to have been the highest yield ever in Guyana’s history. The minister noted that the production figure is approaching 522,000 tonnes which would be 100,000 tonnes more than was produced last year.

Ramsammy further told GINA that the production levels seen are not a result of increased acreage of cultivated rice, but as a result of higher yields. He said that the government once strove to surpass five tons per hectare, and said that with improved strategies farmers are consistently reaching and surpassing this figure.    Continue reading

Guyana’s sugar: GuySuCo sliding to worst performance in 20 years

GuySuCo sliding to worst performance in 20 years

NOVEMBER 5, 2013 | BY  |

 – Foreign manager at helm of troubled Skeldon

With less than two months remaining for the year, the country’s sugar industry is slowly grinding its way to its lowest production in two decades and there seems to be no clarity on the way forward.
As a matter of fact, it will negatively eclipse last year’s dismal 218,069 tonnes. The 2012 production has been described as the worst in the 20 year reign of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C).

GuySuCo’s Chairman, Dr. Raj Singh

GuySuCo’s Chairman, Dr. Raj Singh (right)

Production targets have been revised downwards from the 260,000 tonnes set at the beginning of the year to 203,000 now. The year’s first crop fell short of the 70,000 tonnes by an alarming 22,000.

Industry officials, over the weekend, admitted that the situation over production has plunged the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) into a point of uncertainty where unless all stops are pulled out, the slide will continue.   Continue reading

Chinese in Guyana – Four Hakka families – by Trev Sue-A-Quan

The experiences of early Hakka immigrants in Guyana –

An account of four families.

Trev Sue-A-Quan

240 E. Woodstock Ave., Vancouver, BC, Canada V5W 1N1
Website: http://www.rootsweb.com/~guycigtr E-mail: Canereapers@Mailcity.com

 Summary

Among the more than 13, 000 Chinese immigrants to arrive in Guyana between 1853 and 1879 were a significant number of Hakkas. They were taken there to work on the cane plantations replacing the freed slaves of African origin. The experiences of these Hakka immigrants are exemplified through the stories of four families, describing their recruitment, voyage and transition into settlers.

The Kong family

On 9 January 1860 the 854-ton ship Dora sailed from Hong Kong with 385 Chinese emigrants aboard. The Dora was not the first boat to take Chinese immigrants to Guyana (then called British Guiana) nor was it the first to take female Chinese emigrants, but it was the first to carry a boatload consisting entirely of Hakka families.

Prior to 1860 there had been 5 shipments of Chinese to Guyana. A total of 1,572 men were taken on board, most of them involuntarily, and 1,351 of them survived the long voyage to Georgetown, the capital of Guyana. These Chinese immigrants represented a new batch of labor recruits brought to the colony as replacements for the former slaves of African origin who had gained their freedom in 1842.   Continue reading

History: The Guyana Story – Dr. Odeen Ishmael

This entry of a short History of Guyana has been re-blogged for those persons who did not see it before:-

Guyanese Online

The Guyana Story  – (From Earliest Times to Independence)

By Dr. Odeen Ishmael © 2005 – Odeen Ishmael

The Guyana Story

Contents:

  • THE EARLY AMERINDIAN SETTLEMENTS          5
  • THE LATER AMERINDIAN SETTLEMENTS           6
  • MAIN AMERINDIAN GROUPS UP TO THE NINETEENTH CENTURY     8
  • THE FATE OF OTHER AMERINDIAN GROUPS                11
  • THE ARRIVAL OF EUROPEANS IN THE GUYANA REGION        13
  • RALEIGH’S FIRST EXPEDITION TO GUYANA            15
  • RALEIGH’S SECOND EXPEDITION TO GUYANA            16
  • EARLY DUTCH EXPLORATION             17
  • EARLY DUTCH SETTLEMENTS       18
  • THE DUTCH WEST INDIA COMPANY           20
  • TREATY OF MUNSTER      22
  • THE BEGINNING OF THE COLONY OF BERBICE        24
  • A NEW CHARTER FOR BERBICE     26
  • EXTENT OF DUTCH SETTLEMENT 27
  • INVASIONS OF GUYANA (1665-1712)           29
  • THE BERBICE-SURINAME BOUNDARY        31  

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