Guyana is blessed with the ideal conditions for agriculture and agricultural diversification is the way forward. As presently arranged and managed our two main crops rice and sugar are in deep trouble and creative management is necessary for them to viably survive and to this we are committed. However, the long sought after dream of Guyana being a land of economically viable produce with which to feed or Caribbean neighbours with the intervention of ANUG will become a reality.
Diversification involves a mixture of production: livestock, aquaculture, vegetables, coconut etc, and if properly organised, producing all these products will provide jobs, income and a good life on a continuous basis for thousands of the presently unemployed. ANUG will:
- With the involvement of stakeholder design and implement a plan to double the output in this sector in five years.
- Provide financial, training and marketing aid where products will be collected and graded for local consumption exports on a timely basis. Focus on implementing industry best practices.
- Pay particular attention to land development, drainage and related issues.
- Place a agricultural on the curriculum of all schools that also, where possible, must have an economically viable farm.
- UG, GSA, NAREI, GLDA, NGMC and other agencies will be organise in support of this more dynamic agricultural environment.
- Agricultural will continue to be one of the main sectors of economic development, job creation and poverty eradication.
- The agricultural policy framework will seek a synergetic relationship between agricultural growth and environmental protection with both elements contributing to development of a vibrant modern agricultural sector.
- Regulation will be established to account for the market’s failure to account for public welfare in various areas including: pollution, natural resource degradation, land and water use, chemical inputs, food safety and quality, animal welfare.
- Stakeholders will review and revise the national agricultural policy and plans focusing on: Food security, diversification, marketing and international trade, agro business and processing, agriculture research and education, financing and insurance
- Infrastructural development including drainage and irrigation and agricultural transportation,
- Reinvigorating the traditional sector such as sugar*, rice, forestry, aqua-culture, poultry and animal rearing.
In sugar: reorganising and financing sugar sector, improving management, humanising the privitisation process, improving production and productivity, incentivizing private cane farming, modernizating factories, accelerating mechanization, investing in refinery and distillery, production of bottled molasses, ethanol, better remuneration for the workers.
- The development of new and traditionally marginal products such as soya, sweet and white potatoes, corn, coconut, palm oil, etc.