Region Two youths focused on agro-Processing
DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, April 24, 2018
The interest in agro-processing among youths in Region Two is expected to escalate, with the recent introduction of the Certificate in Agro-processing programme at the Guyana School of Agriculture (GSA) on the Essequibo Coast.
Since the introduction of the new agro-processing course, the school has seen an increase in the enrolment.
This is according to Administrative Lecturer, Horatio Ramdas who also said that the institution has been providing training in the region for the past ten years.
“One of the programmes we have is food processing and that is what is encouraging persons to get into the field of agriculture. When they finish here, they can get into their own business or operate their own agro-processing enterprises,” Ramdas said.
“This region and Guyana on a whole is an agricultural based country, so if we can get into agriculture, not just the theoretical part but the practical; and once we can add value to what we have, we can be able to make use of the things we have locally and later on export.”
Ramdas is encouraging persons to enroll since the new Agro-processing Certificate programme which caters to persons of all ages and allows entry with a minimum of three Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects – English, Mathematics and any science subject.
Products being produced at the Essequibo Agriculture School are sold locally at the Guyana Shop in Georgetown and a number of supermarkets in Essequibo and the capital city. Some of the products include plantain flour, porridge mix and barbeque sauces.
By: Crystal Stoll