Sweet pepper production going places – NAREI

Locally grown sweet peppers

The National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) is reporting that production of sweet peppers by local farmers last year reduced the country’s food import bill by $20 million.

A release received by the Stabroek Business from NAREI’s Mon Repos headquarters links the breakthrough in sweet pepper production to the Institute’s “focus extensively on increasing crop production and enhancing diversification.”

The release says that in 2018, production of “non-traditional crops” would increase by at least 2.5 percent, pointing to its work with the Canadian-backed Promotion of Regional Opportunities for Produce through Enterprise and Linkages (PROPEL) in the local cultivation and potato and onions as a possible contributory factor.

Locally grown sweet peppers

NAREI says that having recognized in 2013 that there was a high local demand for bell peppers and given its significant contribution to the food import bill, the agency went into “planning mode,” importing seeds and carrying out tests on a number of varieties of sweet pepper in order to determine which would adapt best to the local climate. Following the tests NAREI says it identified the Aristotle, Jade and Early Sunsation varieties as the most suitable for local conditions. NAREI says it introduced these varieties to local farmers and provided them with training associated with their cultivation and care.

The NAREI release names Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice farmer, Dhaniram Ramchand, Proprietor of Green to Life farm as one of the success stories arising out of its training programme and a leading supplier of sweet pepper to several local supermarkets.

The Institute’s Chief Dr. Oudho Homenauth says that crop diversification has been a key focus of its work, the emphasis being on initiatives aimed at reducing food imports. “Sweet pepper is one of those commodities which have been cultivated successfully.”

NAREI is citing its work in the increase of sweet pepper production as a critical success story. NAREI, according to the release, has not issued any importation permit to anyone wanting to import the commodity in recent times given its widespread availability on the local market.

“This is what we want—the money to remain in Guyana, among the local farmers. Persons, who used to import these peppers, now buy from our local producers,” the NAREI head said.

According to NAREI, the Ramchand farm was certified by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO), a department within NAREI as fit for export. Certification guarantees that the farmer would have produced the peppers under conditions that satisfy international market standards.

 

 

 

Comments  

T&T rejects coconut water shipment from Guyana

The refusal by the Trinidad and Tobago food safety authorities to allow a shipment of coconut water from Guyana to be sold there on the grounds that it does not meet the requisite safety standard could engage the two CARICOM countries at government-to-government level even as the Government Analyst & Food & Drug Department (GAFDD) insists that tests carried out on the product here have given the coconut water a clean bill of Health.

Small Business Bureau CEO says project’s original jobs target overly ambitious

Chief Executive Officer of the Small Business Bureau (SBB) Dr. Lowell Porter is backing the potential of the agency to give a significant boost to the growth of a vibrant small business culture in Guyana, its challenges and limitations, up to this time notwithstanding.

`Some people seem to want scrap metal trade to go away’ – Association Secretary

As the local scrap metal industry awaits the ‘green light’ from government to resume the trade, Secretary of the Metal Dealers Association, Michael Benjamin  has told Stabroek Business in an exclusive interview that the feeling had surfaced in sections of the industry that there were people who simply wanted the business to go away.

Managing sugar’s remaining socio-political challenges

  Some measure of practical relief would have been brought to the laid off sugar workers, victims of the meltdown of the once all-powerful sugar industry though it is clear that the travails of both the government and the hapless former GuySuCo employees and their families are far from at an end.

Small businesses to fully tap 20% gov’t `goods and services’ contracts by end of 1st quarter

The provision of the Small Business Act of 2004 allowing for the allocation of 20% of government contracts to small businesses will be fully implemented by the end of the first quarter of 2017 though a pilot initiative designed to test the initiative will be rolled out by month end, Chief Executive Officer of the Small Business Bureau, Dr.

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built stabroeknews.com using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now

×