[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Friendship Swine Development Project at Garden of Eden, East Bank Demerara was officially commissioned under the Caribbean Local Economic Development (CARILED) initiative.
CARILED’s country coordinator, Dhanraj Singh said the project has four components, namely the construction of the facility, training, start-up assistance for farmers and assistance from both local and Canadian experts who will be aiding with the maintenance.
The project which was established at a cost of US$42,000 saw consultations commencing 13 months ago. Singh noted that after meeting with the farmers, it was realised that the area is well positioned for livestock development, and it could mould swine development.
The country coordinator also pointed out that Guyana once exported pork and beef and still has the potential to do so. It was on this basis the project was conceptualised.
The project is a Public Private, Partnership and will see community members benefiting from 15% of the new born stock for approximately three years. Also the waste from the pen will be used in a bio-digester to create energy while its nutrients will be used to make duck weed to feed the pigs. This will result in low production cost.
Singh noted that these communities have a lot of potential and the project was completed in a timely manner. [Extracted and modified from GINA]