New GMC injected $$Millions in Hinterland communities, provided training for farmers in 2019

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Agro-processors from several Hinterland districts across Guyana received support from the New Guyana Market Corporation (GMC) in 2019, to promote best practices in the handling of produce, marketing and the preservation of food.

This was disclosed in the recently published Ministry of Finance’s End of Year report.

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A partnership between the New GMC and the Partners of the Americas, through their Farmer-to-Farmer project, saw approximately 642 farmers and agro-processors trained in areas such as post-harvest management, cost of production, business accounting, packaging and labelling, contracts and agreement, and product development.

Also last year, the New GMC Market Information Centre completed 45 United States of America Food and Drug Department registrations for exporting food for human consumption to the US.

Adding to the agency’s achievements in 2019, a $50 Million plantain chip facility was commissioned and operationalised at Parika.

The more than 20 persons employed at the facility will collaborate with the Guyana Marketing Corporation for assistance with sourcing packaging material, providing technical guidance in terms of the development of their nutritional labels and linkages to agencies.

These accomplishments are among others which contributed to the Agriculture Sector’s $16.1 Billion expenditure of the $17.2 Billion budgeted for last year.

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