Agriculture Month 2013 launched- Jagdeo Initiative to be continued

Minister of Agriculture Dr. Leslie Ramsammy speaking at the launch of Agriculture Month.
Minister of Agriculture Dr. Leslie Ramsammy speaking at the launch of Agriculture Month.

[]Agriculture Month was officially launched on Wednesday October 2 by Minister of Agriculture Dr. Leslie Ramsammy under the theme “Linking the Caribbean for Regional Food and Nutrition Security and Rural Development”.

During the week of Caribbean Week of Agriculture, the Ministry will also be signing a number of agreements. Highlighting that the Jagdeo Initiative will be continued, the Minister noted that the Caribbean needs to know about this flagship programme.

In observing Agriculture Month, Guyana is joining with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to celebrate World Food Day and the 12th Caribbean Week of Agriculture. Minister Ramsammy said that Agriculture continues to be the foundation and social development built in the country.

“Guyana is known for its agriculture. We have historical impacts on people around the world. The best known products in Guyana are in fact our agricultural products and it is not a new thing. What is new about the impact we have made is that in some areas we are improving our products and in some areas we are adding new products”, pointed out Minister Ramsammy.

He added that the Ministry will reaffirm the commitment and belief that Guyana will be known for many more things than just sugar, rum and rice. More products will be added so as to produce more in the country for the people. Most of the products that Guyana has been importing are now produced locally such as broccoli and corn. Guyana has also been exporting more fruits and vegetables than before.



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