Guyana forging ahead in expanding bioenergy and reducing fossil fuel usage

Agriculture Minister, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy.

By Kurt Campbell

[– Agriculture Minister Dr. Leslie Ramsammy has reaffirmed Government’s committed towards continuing the expansion bio-energy opportunities in Guyana through technical cooperation.

Dr. Ramsammy was at the time speaking at the closing of a project signed between the Government of Guyana and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in August 2007 to promote projects on renewable energy, energy efficiency and bio-energy.

Dr. Ramsammy, who expressed profound gratitude to the IDB made it clear that even as the project has come to a close he will be looking at ways to expand and accelerate other bio-energy programs.

“I want to affirm that bio-energy is here to stay as a national pursuit,” he said.

The Agriculture Minister added that while energy and security continues to be major challenges for Guyana and the world by extension, the importance of agriculture as a means of providing answers must be recognized.

“A person who does not recognize bio-energy as the answer to global challenges is living a life of ignorance to say the very least” the Minister said, adding that “policy makers who do not see the importance of bio-energy are also reckless.”

He made it clear that the Government of Guyana understands the importance of bio-energy and the need to reduce fossil fuel consumption, which continues to post several threats to the environment.

“If we continue depending on fossil fuel for energy our carbon emissions will increase and we in Guyana must do something about it… as a country at every level we must play our part to reduce the dependency on fossil fuel and embracing bio-energy and making it part of development” he implored.

Through the project, the Government initiated the preparation of an agro energy policy for the country. This was among several other remarkable achievements of the project.



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