Category Archives: Agriculture

Guyana’s Sugar: We should not be building a white sugar plant – By Tony Vieira

We should not be building a white sugar plant

 Letter to Editor: By Tony Vieira

Anthony “Tony” Vieira

Why is our sugar industry a huge problem in Guyana? Well, labe with countries which have mechanised.

Our drainage is poor, because we are below sea level, which meanour is too expensive.  Labour is also short.  We receive too much rainfall to mechanise effectively and have become uncompetitivs that it only drains about 12 hours per day according to the low tides, and to make matters even worse our soils are too clayey to drain freely, and our fields are laid out as cambered beds which are impossible to mechanise without conversion.

Just one inch of rain during the cropping season, can stop all mechanised harvesting operations for as much as two to three days and is the reason why all attempts to mechanise since the 70’s have failed.        Continue reading

Guyana: Cassava Festival in Kwebanna – on December 14, 2019 ― ahead of Commissioning of Cassava Flour Factory

The Farmers Group along with the Hand-in-Hand Women’s Group in Kwebanna Village, Moruca sub-region, Barima/Waini, Region One, successfully concluded a one-week training exercise in preparation for the hosting of the first-ever Cassava Festival scheduled for December 14.

The session which was conducted by Hinterland Employment Youth Service (HEYS) Catering Facilitator, Margaret Cornette, saw fifty women participating in the five-day exercise.

The training targeted members of the two groups to creatively experiment with the Cassava Flour before the commissioning of the much-anticipated Cassava Flour Processing Facility.    Continue reading

GuySuCo aiming for new 55,000 ton white sugar plant at Albion – GAWU

The GAWU-GuySuCo meeting
The GAWU-GuySuCo meeting

GAWU today said that GuySuCo has told it that it is planning for a new 55,000-tonne white sugar plant at Albion. The sugar union said this was disclosed by GuySuCo at a wide-ranging meeting on November 20, 2019

A statement by GAWU follows:

After more than a year of seeking to meet the GuySuCo about its plans to engender the viability of the miniaturized sugar industry, the GAWU was finally able to receive a presentation from the Corporation on November 20, 2019. The existence of a plan came to light following President David Granger’s address to the National Assembly in October, 2018. At that time, the President had disclosed that a plan was being developed.            Continue reading

T&T manufacturers say seeking to tap all opportunities in Guyana

Team members
Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association TMA)Team members 
A release today from the group said that the major objective of the mission is to expose the membership to markets in Guyana, especially in the area of non-energy exports.      Continue reading

Barbados: Rastafarians to Get Green Light to Use Cannabis for Religious Purposes

Caribbean 360 – 08 November 2019

During debate in Parliament on the Medical Cannabis Industry Bill – which was passed – Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Dale Marshall said draft legislation to allow the use of cannabis for religious purposes is being drafted and should be ready within the next few weeks.

“I have taken to Cabinet and I have got Cabinet’s approval for the preparation of a Bill to bring to this chamber which will facilitate the use by members of the Rastafarian faith of cannabis for the purpose of their religion,” he said.    Continue reading

Guyana: Major plantain chip packaging business launched… three flavours available

Garth Nelson, Deicrick Forde and David Forde surrounded by Regional Chairman, Renis Morian, Vice Chairman Elroy Adolph and students pose with samples of the product at the launch.

The business, Ventriz Flavoured Plantain Chips offers three flavours to the general public.    Continue reading

Agriculture: Coconut venture for 700 acres of Wales Estate land

Dr. Arlington Chesney

Dr. Arlington Chesney

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Approximately 700 acres of the shuttered Wales Sugar Estate has been leased to the newly formed Amazonia Expert Services Limited (AESL) which has expressed the intention to enter the coconut industry.

Former Executive Director of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI),  Dr. Arlington Chesney, who is a principal in AESL.          Continue reading

Agriculture: Food for life – especially in the interior of Guyana

By Stabroek News – Editorial – October 31, 2019

Last Friday, when she hosted a symposium for Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) farmers, Minister within the Ministry of Agriculture Valerie Adams-Yearwood was quoted as telling them that the forecast showed “a bright future… for agriculture in the Rupununi, if economic development is pursued in a way that conserves the region’s cultural and natural heritage…”, this is according to the Department of Public Information (DPI).

Economic development is crucial, no doubt about that, but there are several other factors that could very well shift the touted forecast and one of them, the main one, is climate change, which was referred to in the DPI press release.    Continue reading

Lessons from Nature: Adapting to Change – by Rosaliene Bacchus

New post on Three Worlds One Vision

by the Rosaliene Bacchus Blog

Section of my succulent garden

The succulent plants in my garden brighten my life. During humanity’s mad dash towards the abyss, their quiet dynamic presence calm my troubled mind. Under California’s scorching sunshine that set dry brush ablaze, my succulent plants have found a way to survive the extreme heat. Some change color; others become more compact in form.


Barbadians Urged to Trade and Invest in Guyana and Suriname

Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Sandra Husbands

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday November 1, 2019 – Businesses in Barbados are being urged to deepen trade with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) neighbours Suriname and Guyana,

The call was made this week by Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Sandra Husbands, at a Business to Business Forum on Trading Opportunities in Suriname and Guyana, who said Barbados was already exploring opportunities for development in the two countries in agriculture, agro-processing, construction, renewable energy, tourism, education, and services.          Continue reading

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