UN Food and Agriculture Organisation opens Guyana Office
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), has opened an office in Georgetown even though its funds are steadily dipping, Country Officer Florita English said. She said the FAO thought it necessary to set up an office here given this country’s vast potential for large scale agricultural enterprises, and also given the need for food security in the Caribbean.
Minister of Agriculture Robert Persaud noted that the FAO has set up an office here at a time when it is closing offices throughout the world. He said the move signals that the FAo recognizes the strategic importance of Guyana’s agriculture.
President Bharrat Jagdeo said that given the crisis of rising food prices, international financial organizations should reverse its trend of reducing financing for agriculture. He said that even in thye Caribbean, regional governments have been reducing its budgetary allocation to agriculture. If the region were to feeds its people, this must change, the President said.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues said the physical presence of an FAO office in Georgetown would provide the opportunity for enhanced monitoring of eisting projects and enable Guyana to benefit from high level expertise in the identification and preparation of new projects to support the efforts of government to diversify the agriculture sector.