In the interest of small scale farmers and the advancement of the non-traditional agriculture sector in Guyana, there has been a relaunch of the Guyana Agricultural Producers Association (GAPA).
This time round, the association will be looking to place much emphasis on the areas of productivity, management, research, training and marketing information.
At its launch which saw several senior officers within the agriculture sector attending,-minister of Agriculture Robert Persaud said that an umbrella body such as GAPA would be more effective as opposed to individual farmers addressing their own concerns within the farming community.
Representing farmers in Amerindian communities across the country, Minister of Amerindian Affairs Pauline Sukhai said she hopes that the association would immediately re-examine how local farmers can provide for the global market.
And representative of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture
pointed out that the initiative to relaunch the association is timely since issues of food security is on the agenda for many governments.
GAPA is a non-governmental and non-profit organization which was started in 1974 with the aim of serving the local farming community. At present, there are approximately four hundred and fifty farmers registered as members of GAPA.