Partnership with Israel could boost agricultural sector

Minister of Agriculture Robert Persaud is currently in Israel to further discussions on increased cooperation in agriculture.

The agriculture ministry reported that Persaud met with his counterpart Shalom Simhon in Beit Dagan to discuss developments in tilapia rearing, greenhouse and drip irrigation industries and fruit and vegetable production.

In a release, the Government Information Agency (GINA) said Persaud’s trip was arranged by USAID/GTIS. GINA noted that Israel has a reputation for achieving high productivity in agriculture over the past 50 years. Although it is challenged by the scarcity of resources, including the most basic such as fertile land and water, it has been able to produce with very high yields.

Persaud said this can be attributed to Israel’s culture as a people of research and innovation. He said both Guyana and Israel stand to benefit by collaborating with each other in the agricultural sector.

The minister said Guyana has a tremendous amount of resources to offer, whereas Israel can offer technology and knowledge. A partnership between these two countries will see development and progress being made to benefit both countries. Persaud also noted several key areas where Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development might be able to assist Guyana.

He identified the following areas for exploration: development of large scale agriculture, acquisition of inputs crop varieties; and livestock development equipment and technology.

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