Category Archives: Agriculture

GuySuCo’s money runs out – Chairman says accountants resign; credit being refused

The smaller-sized state-owned Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) says it has no money and wants the Government to help.

According to the largest union for sugar workers, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) yesterday, it has learnt that GuySuCo is facing the prospect of closure having exhausted its finances and was desperately requiring the support of the Government.

In a letter of May 15, 2020 from GuySuCo’s Chairman, John Dow, appealed to President David Granger for his intervention “…to use your good offices to arrange for funding to prevent the impending closure of the Industry”.            Continue reading

Guyana: DIS TIME NA LONG TIME – by Dave Martins + Music Video

My wife Annette is very big on Guyana. Soon after I met her, some 10 years ago, showing pictures of the Guyana interior at a THAG function in Georgetown where I was appearing, that came across loud and clear to me. Indeed, when a relationship between us started and marriage was in the air, she let me know, quietly but firmly, that she wasn’t living anywhere else but here which was a factor in my returning to Guyana permanently. That’s the background.

On October 28, 2018, some 11 years later, on a Sunday visit to Canal Number One (West Bank, Demerara). I was standing by the Boeraserie waterway, and before I knew what was happening Annette whips out her cell phone and starts interviewing me about my memories from that area. In case you haven’t seen the video on Facebook, she asked me if I had any memories of that Water Conservancy, and I related a particular incident which happened when I was living in Vreed-en-Hoop.

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Video: Guyana: COAST LAND Sea Walls Failing – A REEL Guyana Documentary

Video: Guyana: COAST LAND – A REEL Guyana Documentary

Coast Land is a Guyanese documentary that speaks to the vulnerability of the country’s coastal region which is the home to the majority of the population. It examines the effects of rising sea levels and cyclical erosion which results in massive overtopping and disruption of livelihoods.

Guyana Destination Video – Indigenous Peoples: Feature on Moraikobai

Guyana Destination Video – Indigenous Peoples

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What is daily life like inside some of Guyana’s indigenous communities? This short video provides a brief window into the hunting, cooking, and cultural traditions that have been passed down for centuries.

Discover Guyana’s Indigenous Community. Living in our inland region, the sense of Community Based Tourism and Indigenous lifestyle is still vibrant and a great part of the natural tourism experience. Get away from your everyday life and come discover how someone else lives.   Read  about a trip to  Moraikobai  below:

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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

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