In a press release on Saturday, India’s High Commission to Guyana commended the Government of Guyana on the successful organisation of the CARICOM Agri Investment Forum and Expo in Georgetown from 19-21 May 2022 held at the Convention Center. It was initiated, planned, organized, and executed by the Ministry of Agriculture under the leadership of Zulfikar Mustapha.
Thousands patronized the forum which has not only attracted the top political leaders from the region but captains of industry and other business leaders from the private sector as well as investment agencies from around the world. Members of the global media were also present.
High commissioner of India to Guyana (also concurrently accredited to Antigua & Barbuda, St Kitts & Nevis & CARICOM) Dr KJ Srinivasa stated that the event would go a long way in ensuring the food security of the region and reducing the food import costs by 25% by 2025.
Dr Srinivasa stated that three well known and world-renowned Indian farm equipment/machinery and tractor companies, viz., Mahindra & Mahindra (Makers of Mahindra Tractors and other equipment), Farmtrac Global (Escorts India Group), and Sonalika tractors (marketed as Solis brand) showcased their products in the Expo. UPL – a USD 10 billion global providers of sustainable agriculture solutions – technology & services like IoT & innovations in agriculture was also represented at the Expo.
Mahindra tractors are represented and marketed by Rudisa Motors, Farmtrac tractors by Massy Motors, and Solis (Sonalika) tractors by Farmsup Farm Supplies Ltd. In Guyana. UPL products are marketed in Guyana by Caribbean chemicals and M/s Green Agro services Ltd. The presence of the four major Indian companies as well as products of India showcases India’s commitment to Guyana’s agriculture sector. India has been providing significant assistance to Guyana in the field of agriculture as well as in several other areas.
Meanwhile, some Indian investors are also interested to explore the new initiatives by the Government of Guyana to promote dairy farming, commercial crops, Agro canning, etc.
By Vishnu Bisram