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As agriculture month activities continue, agencies within the sector including the Guyana School of Agriculture (GSA), the Guyana Livestock Development authority (GLDA), and the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) hosted an ‘open day’ and exhibition at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara, on Wednesday.
The event aimed to highlight opportunities available in the sector for young persons. Students had the opportunity to tour the spaces and booths of the agencies.
Minister of Agriculture, Zulfikar Mustapha, addressing the gathering at NAREI, reiterated that agriculture is one of the most important sectors.
Students in attendance were told that getting involved in the sector will transform their future since it has a diverse range of job alternatives available, and involvement will aid understanding of the importance of agriculture to Guyana’s development.
To ensure students have the necessary faculties to conduct School Based Assessments (SBAs) and other activities in schools, Mustapha said, he will encourage the CEO of NAREI to ensure the schools in attendance at the Open Day to work with them to develop the agricultural sector in their schools.
Research Scientist at NAREI, Devwattie Dass, supported the minister’s call, pointing out that she thinks it is a good opportunity and experience for those studying agricultural science.
She added that the open day is educational and inspiring for students and persons who may be thinking about a future in the agricultural sector.