Category Archives: Agriculture

Guyana: NAREI harvests English potatoes

NAREI harvests English potatoes
  
 (Demerara  Waves- April 16, 2014) The National Agriculture Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) has harvested the first batch of English potatoes from its nursery demonstration plot at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara.

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Agriculture Minister Dr. Leslie Ramsammy and NAREI’s Resarcher, Mr Fredricks during the entity’s first harvest of English potatoes

The Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement that NAREI in keeping with its plan to diversify the sector as part of its work programme embarked on the planting of a number of non-traditional produce to which demonstration plots were commenced by researchers from the Institute.

Among the non-traditional crops currently grown are garlic, carrot, turmeric, ginger, chic peas and English potatoes.

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True History of Marijuana – Full Movie

True History of Marijuana – Full Movie

Published on Jul 15, 2012

Cannabis has an incredible number of uses:-
Industrial Textiles, Consumer Textiles, Paper, Building Materials, Foods, Biofuel.
The biofuel could pose a serious threat to the energy industry.

Hemp seed (from its non THC cousin, the hemp plant) can be used as a food since it contains complete protein (ie all essential amino acids) and all Essential Fatty Acids. THIS ALONE COULD END HUNGER WORLDWIDE.

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GuySuCo: Mired in a sea of losses and bailouts – by Dr Clive Thomas

GuySuCo: Mired in a sea of losses and bailouts

Posted By Dr Clive Thomas - March 30, 2014

Clive ThomasFrom a dynamic perspective, over the medium to long-term the profitability of the sugar industry as a whole, and GuySuCo in particular, is more than any other variable, the best representative indicator of its sustainability as a commercial venture. From a business accounting standpoint the profit that is made indicates the extent to which total earnings or business income derived from sugar can cover all sugar costs or business expenses, thereby resulting in a surplus of income over these expenses or Accounting profit.

From this vantage point, in order to ensure genuine sustainability these costs or expenses should include  1) all employment, materials, and services costs; 2) all set-aside provisions for research and development (R&D); 3) similarly set-aside provisions for maintaining/replacing the capital stock; 4) similar provisions for servicing debts and liabilities (both long-term and short-term) in a timely manner; and 5) the generation of  adequate returns(dividends) for the industry stakeholders/shareholders; and also sufficient to attract new investments if required or alternatively to retain enough profits to finance such investments.

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Guyana gets G$220B – app US$1Billion Budget

Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh today presented a G$220 billion budget which will see an attempt to spend down what ails Guyana’s sugar industry, with $6 billion earmarked for that subsector.  Last year’s budget was G$208.8B.

Meanwhile, G$500 million is to be set aside to boost the competitiveness of the rice industry. Among other measures announced in the budget which was read this afternoon, is a 5% increase in old age pension taking it to G$13,125 from its current G$12,500, from May 1. In addition, pensioners electricity assistance is set to increase from$20,000 – G$30,000 per annum.

While there are no new taxes, there is also no new tax relief. Despite numerous calls over the years for a reduction in the 16% value-added tax, this remains the same. Income tax stays at 30% and the tax threshold at G$50,000.

Singh also said Guyana’s economy is projected to grow by 5.6% this year. Singh also projected that the inflation rate this year will be 5% compared to 0.9% last year, the lowest rate in decades. Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 5.2% last year while the non-sugar GDP rose by 6.3%.

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Hoarding, low sugar performance blamed for rising exchange rates

Hoarding, low sugar performance blamed for rising exchange rates

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March 18, 2014 | BY KNEWS |

Guyana’s rising exchange rates may be blamed on a number of prevailing factors, including reduced proceeds from sugar and a steep drop of gold prices on the world market.

Over the past months, the exchange rate of Guyana dollar to the US climbed from $200 to US$1 to just over $210, a worrying trend for businesses and the administration.  It is not likely to drift down in a hurry, analysts have said.

While banks were advertising trading on average between $204 and $209, businesses have been complaining of hardships in acquiring significant amounts.   Continue reading

Echoes of Berbice Dutch Creole – By Dmitri Allicock

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103 years old Albertha Bell, the Last Speaker of Berbice Dutch Creole, interviewed by Jamiekan Langwij Yuunit in 2004.

Echoes of Berbice Dutch Creole

By Dmitri Allicock

“Language reflects our thoughts and knowledge is lost when it becomes extinct”

Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America, but English has been the official language for much less than the 232 years when Dutch was the main medium of communication. The actual words spoken by most Guyanese is an English base creole that is very elastic to various regions and has slight historical influences from Dutch, West African, Arawakan, and to a lesser extent Indian Languages. Berbice Dutch Creole was a language developed by the slaves on the plantation of Berbice that survived the passage of time and only recently was considered officially extinct by international language database Ethnologue.  

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Guyanese Online Newsletter: February – March 2014

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Guyanese Online Newsletter: Feb – Mar 2014

Flag Raising Ceremony - Republic Day 2014

Flag Raising Ceremony – Republic Day 2014

This is the REPUBLIC DAY and MASHRAMANI Edition of the Guyanese Online Newsletter.

It is the 43rd edition of the Guyanese Online Newsletter.  It culminates 48 months of publishing on this Blog and its monthly Newsletters.  Our first Newsletter was published four years ago in March 2010. This will be the last newsletter in this series.

On February 16, 2013 this Blog achieved 1,000,000 views. Now,13 months later on March 15,2014 it has reached the 2,000,000 mark. Our thanks to everyone for making this a very popular blog.    Continue reading

The Secrets of Sugar – The Fifth Estate – CBC News

The Secrets of Sugar – The Fifth Estate – CBC News

Published on Oct 6, 2013We’ve heard about the dangers of eating too much fat or salt. But there has never been a warning about sugar on our food labels – despite emerging research that suggests the sweet stuff is making more of us fat and sick. 

Guysuco should get out of sugar- APNU; GAWU wants studies

Guysuco should get out of sugar- APNU; GAWU wants studies done

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 – Demerara Waves

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APNU’s Joseph Harmon (left) and his coalition colleague, Tony Vieria

A Partnership for National Unity’s (APNU) Tony Vieria on Tuesday said the highly indebted and low-producing Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuco) should be significantly scaled down and the lands used for fish farming and cane-derived ethanol.

The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), however, wants studies to be first conducted about the prospects for those alternatives.  Continue reading

Caribbean awaits debate on decriminalization of medicinal marijuana

Caribbean awaits debate on decriminalization of medicinal marijuana

image A report by a group of experts supports the argument that decriminalizing marijuana and exploring its use for medicinal purposes could help boost sluggish regional economies.

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KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, Monday March 10, 2014, CMC – Randy Delplesche, 27, is unemployed. But over the past few weeks he has “earned” EC$60,000 (One EC dollar = US$0.37 cents) from the illegal marijuana trade.

He is among those Caribbean nationals anxiously awaiting the outcome of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Inter-Sessional summit that begins here on Monday where the issue of decriminalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes would have been discussed.

Delplesche does not hide the fact that he too favours regional governments agreeing to decriminalize the drug for medical purposes.

“I think it is a good vibes,” he told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), adding “no work is going on in the country, so we have to look to do something else. That is the only thing we can do and make a little money.”

A report by a group of experts supports the argument by Delplesche that decriminalizing marijuana and exploring its use for medicinal purposes could help boost the sluggish economies of Caribbean countries.   Continue reading

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