• Caribbean Airlines luring agro-exporters with new cargo deal

    Regional air carrier Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) is looking to expand its air cargo lift out of Guyana; and is offering, as a promotional incentive to local agricultural exporters, a 15 per cent reduction in freight charges until the end of this year. But while Guyanese exporters welcome this incentive, there are many concerns about the service, especially as regards…

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  • CARICOM seeks heightened cooperation with IICA

    Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque this week welcomed the Director General of the Inter-American Institute  for Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA) Dr Victor Villalobos as his first visitor from an institution since assuming office on August 15. “I believe that it is not insignificant that the first visit to me as Secretary-General is from the head of…

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  • Agri ministry inks CDN$5M food security research project

    In an effort to increase food production, improve nutrition, and achieve a Professor Chandra A. Madramootoo of Mc Gill University (left) inking documents with Permanent Secretary of the Agriculture Ministry, George Jervis reduction in the food import bill within the Caribbean, Guyana, like other countries is moving purposefully in a positive direction A CDN$5M project was yesterday awarded to the…

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  • Tufton: We created believers in agriculture

    This is the conclusion of a two-part interview with former Agriculture Minister Dr Christopher Tufton. Part one was published on Sunday, July 10. DR Christopher Tufton remembers taking heavy flak for the sugar industry divestment programme and the introduction of the Farmers' Markets during his tenure as agriculture and fisheries minister but remains convinced that his actions were justified. In…

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  • Brathwaite for UWI post

    FORMER DIRECTOR GENERAL of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Dr Chelston Brathwaite, recently joined the St Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies as interim director of the School of Agriculture. In this new capacity, Brathwaite will assist the university in defining a new role for the school in supporting agricultural development in the Caribbean. He…

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  • Dr. Brathwaite: Investment in agriculture crucial

    A LEADING agricultural official is questioning why regional governments have refused to invest more funds in the agricultural sector when it has the best prospect for growth and can save valuable foreign exchange. The query has come from Director of Agriculture at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus and Director Emeritus of the Inter-American Institute for Co-operation…

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  • Photo of Irwin LaRocque is new CARICOM Secretary-General

    Irwin LaRocque is new CARICOM Secretary-General

    Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has been selected to serve as the seventh Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) by the Heads of Government. LaRocque, 56, a national of Dominica, replaces Sir Edwin Carrington of Trinidad and Tobago. Ambassador LaRocque is the current Assistant Secretary-General for Trade and Economic Integration at the CARICOM Secretariat, having served in that post since September 2005.…

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  • Photo of Guyana, Belize reduced hunger by 50 percent in 2010

    Guyana, Belize reduced hunger by 50 percent in 2010

    Guyana is one of two countries (Belize being the other) in the Caribbean to reduce hunger by 50 percent last year, says Lystra Fletcher-Paul, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) representative. Fletcher-Paul indicated that Guyana knows what it wants in terms of agriculture in the Caribbean. Though the country has a high food production rate there is an issue of accessibility…

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  • Jamaica buys sugar from Guyana to stave off shortage

    The Jamaican Government has placed an order for sugar from Guyana to avert shortages in that CARICOM country. Quoting the Agriculture Ministry, the Jamaican Observer yesterday said that it has put in place measures to avert a shortage of sugar on the local market and has urged distributors not to hoard the product. In a statement Wednesday, the Ministry assured…

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  • Saint Lucia to Inaugurate and Chair CARICOM Task Force on Sustainable Development

    The island's Minister for Sustainable Development, Hon. Dr. James Fletcher will chair the high-level meeting. The Government of Saint Lucia, on Thursday 19th June 2014, will host the first meeting of a High-Level CARICOM Task Force on Sustainable Development in the Conference Room of the Ministry of the Public Service, Information and Broadcasting.  Saint Lucia’s Minister for Public Service, Sustainable Development,…

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