Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Guyana is celebrating 100 years since it started to export rice, but the country's President, Bharrat Jagdeo, says that in the light of climate change farmers should move into aquaculture, which would bring in more income than rice. Speaking at a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary, Jagdeo spoke about climate change, which he said could have a serious affect on the country's rice production. He announced that 196,000 hectares of uncultivated land in the Canje Basin in Berbice designated for bio fuels, and about 54,000 hectares were available for agricultural production. The President said that rice earned US$174 million, but added that the country stood to earn US$1.5 billion from aquaculture when he looked at comparative types of activities.