Guyana host Caribbean Week of Agriculture.
As Guyana prepares to host Caribbean Week of Agriculture for the second time focus is being placed on getting the region to become more self sufficient to reduce the region’s import bill.
Across the region the issue of food import is slowly becoming a budgetary burden as the Food import Bill by Caricom Countries passes more than US 2 billion dollars annually.
Permanent Secretary in the Agri Ministry George Jarvis says the week of activities is being used as a way to help Caricom countries understand the importance of healthy foods and more so at a lower cost.
Guyana’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Representative, in Dr Lystra Fletcher-Paul believes that agriculture is an area in which each citizen should be involved.
Country Representative, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) Wilmot Garnett said Caribbean Week of Agriculture caters to a wide cross-section of stakeholders in The Agriculture Sector.
The event will feature a three-day agricultural exhibition which will see the participation of groups from the Caribbean and Canada. The theme for Caribbean Week of Agriculture this year is “Linking the Caribbean for Regional Food and Nutrition Security and Rural Development” from October 4 to 12.