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In an effort to support farmers and boost Guyana’s food sector, the Ministry of Agriculture is advancing plans to assist farmers in expanding their cultivation and finding markets for their produce.
The New Guyana Marketing Corporation (GMC) is actively looking for markets for the farmers’ produce, to ensure they are able to sell their products at competitive prices.
The agriculture ministry has assured that farmers will be provided with planting materials and other key items to help them expand their cultivation.
During a recent interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Minister of Agriculture, Zulfikar Mustapha said the mechanism will benefit farmers and the country at large, as it will help to increase food production and improve food security.
He encouraged farmers to take advantage of the opportunities offered through the New GMC and cultivate more in order to benefit from the prospective markets.
Minister Mustapha said the marketing agency is also charged to expand its reach to areas where persons are now exploring the option of farming, to lend fundamental support.
The government’s investment in the food sector is expected to help the sector flourish, create jobs and increase food production.
The ministry’s efforts is a welcomed move that is expected to benefit thousands.
President Irfaan Ali has emphasised that his government’s interest in expanding the agriculture sector is rooted in the understanding that a strong food industry is essential for a country’s economic growth and food security.
Providing context, agriculture is a vital sector for many developing countries, as it is a major source of income for smallholder farmers, who make up a significant proportion of the population. (extracted from DPI)