Fresh produce, Guyana. Kevin Nellies / © Commonwealth Secretariat.
Agriculture

Guyana to begin testing local produce for chemical residues

Guyana will soon have the capacity to test locally-grown fruit and vegetables for pesticides and other chemical residues. This will improve Guyana’s access to international markets, as well as benefiting local consumers: In an effort to ensure that foods consumed by Guyanese are wholesome and healthy, the Pesticides and Toxic …

Skeldon Market, Berbice, Guyana. Image credit: KennardP
Agriculture
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Guyana sees growth in non-traditional agricultural exports

Guyana’s main agricultural exports are rice and sugar, but in recent years there has been an increase in the export of non-traditional commodities, in particular coconuts and coconut products. According to the Guyana Chronicle: THE Guyana Marketing Corporation (GMC) recently released the list of the top exported commodities for 2017, …

Mangrove clearance at Ruimzigt, Guyana. Image via Stabroek News.
Biodiversity

In Guyana, concern over removal of mangroves

In Guyana, mangroves are being removed to install sea defence works, and residents of nearby communities are not pleased: Residents of Ruimzigt on the West Coast of Demerara say they are concerned that sea defence works have resulted in the clearing of mangroves and other vegetation along the shoreline. Stabroek …

Beekeeping in Guyana. Image via Caribbean Development Bank
Agriculture

Caribbean Development Bank supports apiculture in Guyana

Through training and other capacity building, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is contributing to the development of beekeeping in Guyana: There’s a new buzz in Guyana, which could help the government attain its development goals, and may boost entrepreneurship. Known in the agricultural sector for its sugar and rice, the Government …

Non-traditional crop production, Guyana. Image via Guyana Chronicle
Agriculture
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Guyanese farmers excited about the prospects of non-traditional crops

With support from the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI), farmers in Guyana are expanding their production of non-traditional food crops: [F]armers Shawn Wynter and Tenogney Rambarose are excited about the prospects of their non-traditional crops at their respective farms in the East Berbice-Corentyne village. One of the farmers …

GIPEX 2018
Energy

Event: Guyana International Petroleum Summit and Exhibition – February 7 to 9, 2018

Caribbean360 reports on the upcoming Guyana International Petroleum Exhibition and Summit (GIPEX): Guyanese businesses will have a chance to network and learn from leaders in the oil and gas industry at the inaugural Guyana International Petroleum Business Summit (GIPEX). GIPEX 2018 is being hosted by the Ministry of Natural Resources …

Solar panels, Abu Dhabi. Image credit: gordontour
Energy
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United Arab Emirates provides funding for renewable energy development in the Caribbean

At the recently concluded 8th Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) the United Arab Emirates announced its continued funding support for renewable energy development in the Caribbean: The UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, valued at AED183.6 million (US$50 million), has launched its second funding cycle by establishing partnerships with …