Category Archives: Agriculture

GUYANA: Return to Agriculture now… Possible food crisis from COVID-19… says (NAREI)

As fears mount of a possible food crisis from the COVID-19 pandemic…

Guyanese need to urgently …  return to farms and kitchen gardens

Pull quote: ‘We are buying Vitamin C tablets and ‘builders’ when we could be growing and utilising our own, such as cherries, oranges and other citrus fruits… ”  —-  Dr. Oudho Homenauth, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Agricultural Research & Extension Institute (NAREI)        Continue reading

OPINION: What should Guyana learn from Singapore – without oil? – By Wayne Forde

By Wayne Forde – January 25, 2020

Many Guyanese often compare Guyana’s progress to that of Singapore. Although there are some similarities between Guyana and Singapore, there are significant differences. Guyana achieved Independence from the U.K. in May 1966, and Singapore gained Independence in August of 1965 also from the U.K. And that is where the similarities end and divergence begins.

Singapore is a highly developed and prosperous free-market economy that depends on exports of electronics, petroleum products, medical and optical supplies, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, as well as transportation business, and financial services. Guyana is an under-developed and noncompetitive country with deficiencies and gaps in many areas. Divergence of economies.         Continue reading

S.O.C.U secures conviction… Extradited GRDB accountant gets 3 years for fraud

Peter Ramcharran,

Almost one year after being extradited from Canada to face fraud allegations amounting to G$414M, former accountant of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), Peter Ramcharran, was yesterday sentenced to three years’ imprisonment. He was found guilty on one of the charges.

This is one of the first major convictions for the Special Organised Crime Unit (SSOCU), an arm of the Guyana Police Force, which instituted the charges against him.

Ramcharran was found guilty as charged by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan for omitting G$145M from the rice entity’s ledger.

The Chief Magistrate in giving a synopsis of her ruling held that SOCU Prosecutor Patrice Henry was able to prove all the elements of the offence beyond a reasonable doubt.              Continue reading

China is imposing tough measures to contain the Wuhan coronavirus – The Economist

A city in lockdown  —–  Almost all Chinese provinces now have confirmed cases

Editor’s note (January 27th): Some numbers in this article have been updated since publication.

IT IS THE third day of the Chinese new year, a time when families would normally still be celebrating. But Zhang Fang (not her real name) is keeping herself isolated in her bedroom. She probably has a mild infection typical of the season, but is not taking risks. Ms Zhang, a marketing manager in her 20s, lives with her husband and her in-laws in a central district of Wuhan, the Chinese city first affected by a newly identified coronavirus that has been causing global alarm.

Wuhan, a city of 11m people, has been in lockdown since January 23rd.        Continue reading

Reducing Fire, and Cutting Carbon Emissions, the Aboriginal Way – Thomas Fuller | The New York Times

Thomas Fuller | The New York Times

As blazes rage in southern Australia, Indigenous fire-prevention techniques that have sharply cut destructive bushfires in the north are drawing new attention.

COOINDA, Australia — At a time when vast tracts of Australia are burning, Violet Lawson is never far from a match. 

In the woodlands surrounding her home in the far north of the country, she lights hundreds of small fires a year — literally fighting fire with fire. These traditional Aboriginal practices, which reduce the undergrowth that can fuel bigger blazes, are attracting new attention as Australia endures disaster and confronts a fiery future.                  Continue reading

Brazilian tribes back manifesto to save Amazon habitat from President Bolsonaro

Indigenous leader Cacique Raoni of Kayapo tribe delivers a speech during a four-day pow wow in Piaracu village, in Xingu Indigenous Park, near Sao Jose do Xingu, Mato Grosso state, Brazil, January 17, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Indigenous leader Cacique Raoni of Kayapo tribe delivers a speech during a four-day pow wow in Piaracu village, in Xingu Indigenous Park, near Sao Jose do Xingu, Mato Grosso state, Brazil, January 17, 2020. REUTERS

XINGU INDIGENOUS PARK, Brazil, (Reuters) – Leaders of native tribes in Brazil issued a rallying call to protect the Amazon rainforest and its indigenous people from what they called the “genocide, ethnocide and ecocide” planned by the country’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.            Continue reading

Barbados To Begin Issuing Licenses For Marijuana Cultivation Next Month

But Weir has hinted at the possibility of Barbadians having to be prepared to make “heavy investments in order to get going” into the new industry, under which the government will allow the cultivation of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Weir told the online publication, Barbados TODAY, while he is “happy to report that the authority is established, and they are ready to work”, he is hoping that the first of the licences would be ready to be issued, before February, but no later than the end of that month.  Continue reading

Venezuela remains one of Guyana’s biggest rice buyers, despite no PetroCaribe deal

The Guyana Rice Development Board, Cowan Street, Kingston, Georgetown.

Venezuela is Guyana’s biggest rice market, accounting for 34 percent or 177,682  tonnest of all that grain exported to several Latin American countries the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) said in a statement.

This means that despite Venezuela stopping the rice for oil PetroCaribe agreement with Guyana in 2016, a number of private exporters are still selling rice to that neighbouring Spanish-speaking country.          Continue reading

Trinidad decriminalizes marijuana possession – scrubs previous convictions

— By Bert Wilkinson – Caribbean Life News NY

Trinidad’s government is moving to the courts system to scrub convictions for small amounts of marijuana from the records of dozens of men after authorities rewrote the rules regarding marijuana possession for personal and religious uses in recent weeks.

On Friday December 20, 2029, titular President Paula Mae Weekes signed off on legislation decriminalizing marijuana possession for adults found with up to 30 grams of weed for personal and religious uses. Households are also now allowed to have four plants in yards for family use without facing criminal prosecution. Fellow Caribbean Community member Antigua also has similar legislation.      Continue reading

VIDEO: Guyana Tourism Authority Promo by Paul Reed — Come Visit Guyana

VIDEO: Guyana Tourism Promo by Paul Reed – Come Visit Guyana

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