IICA commended for local support

─ observes four years in Guyana

DPI, Guyana, Friday, October 25, 2019

The Government of Guyana, through Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Noel Holder has conveyed its appreciation to the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) for its support to the local sector.

On Thursday, IICA celebrated four (4) years of being in Guyana.

Minister Holder said IICA’s mandate was similar to the vision of the Coalition administration; which is to approach agriculture holistically to reduce unemployment, poverty alleviation and for bolstering economic development, which in the long run should contribute to sustainable food security.

“We are indeed fortunate to have international and regional Agriculture Institutions country offices such as IICA, to collaborate closely with the Ministry of Agriculture in fulfilling the agriculture sector’s mandate,” noted Minister Holder.

IICAs accountability seminar was held on Thursday, at its Guyana office on Brickdam, Georgetown. The seminar coincides with the ministry’s month-long celebration of agriculture advancement in Guyana.

“We are here today to celebrate the work of IICA, which is an institution of the Inter-American system that provides technical cooperation through innovation and specialised knowledge to contribute to the competitive and sustainable development of Agriculture in the Americas and to improve the lives of rural communities,” stated the Agri-Minister.

He also acknowledged IICA’s commitment and diligent efforts in ensuring agriculture health and food safety.

This annual event also serves as a reflection for the international body of its mandate and accomplishments thus far.

At Thursday’s event, local producers, farming bodies and the Guyana Marketing Corporation (GMC) had the opportunity to exhibit their products to visiting dignitaries and special guests which included school children from various schools in the city.

Agriculture Month in Guyana is being held under the theme “Sustainable Agriculture for ensuring Food Security and a Green Economy.”