Yarakita farmers remain confident

– Oil revenues to benefit Region 1 farmers.

DPI, Guyana, Monday, October 21, 2019

Yarakita farmers remain confident about their role in Region One’s agriculture success following an engagement with Minister of Public Service Hon. Tabitha Sarabo-Halley in their community on Saturday last.

Minister of the Public Service, Tabitha Sarabo-Halley addressing the residents of Yarakita

The Minister explained that even with the advent of oil and gas production, the agriculture sector will not be neglected. Instead, she said, the resources obtained from the petroleum industry will fuel and stimulate several sectors of Guyana’s economy, particularly agriculture.

Highlighting the conducive conditions existing for agriculture in the Barima-Waini Region, Minister Sarabo-Halley encouraged Yarakita farmers to use the resources available to them through the Ministry of Agriculture. Among these, she noted is the Guyana Marketing Corporation which, helps farmers and agro-processors find markets locally and regionally.

The Minister underscored the importance of liaising with the Ministry of Agriculture to find these markets and tap into the GMC and other agencies established to give Guyanese farmers a boost.

She further added that while “you hear a lot about oil, it is the perspective of the Coalition Government that the oil money should be utilised to not only deal with oil but to develop the other industries.”

According to Minister Sarabo-Halley, that means agriculture in Region 1 would get a greater influx of economical support.  “It is our vision that Guyana should be the breadbasket for the entire region,” she noted.

The Minister reassured the farmers of the government’s commitment to their success and reminded the residents to continue investing in careers in agriculture.

“Don’t feel the need to get out of farming to get money. That money is available in farming and through farming, you can sustain your family and you can sustain your entire community,” she added.