While the recently launched ‘Grow More’ campaign has proven to be successful thus far, in terms of increased acreage and in the exports of non-traditional crops, the prices for agricultural products locally have not shown a downward inclination.
Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon, has said that this is as a result of farmers capitalizing on the high prices that prevail.
He added that many farmers are trying to make up for those times when they were hit hard by crop failure and flooding, among other things.
“I think the one area where some analysis had to be made has been on prices. I had commented previously about the rising prices of commodities on the international trading market and the opportunities offered by the farmers.
“This opportunity…I suspect higher prices have been seized by the farmers to fill many holes that have been created by adversity, national and otherwise, over the years,” Luncheon said.
Dr. Luncheon added that crops under acreage have increased dramatically, along with Government inputs into facilitating land development and clearing drainage and irrigation.
The Bureau of Statistics shows that both traditional and non-traditional crops are being produced in Guyana, and there is firm evidence which indicates that Guyana’s exports of non-traditional crops have increased significantly.
Luncheon said that Guyana is not exporting too much, as there are enough crops in the country for the Guyanese people, but it is just that the prices for the products are more than the cost of production.
The ‘Grow More’ campaign was introduced in March of this year, and is aimed at convincing Guyanese to grow more food as a result of the increases in food prices globally.
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