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Israelis to push hydroponics in Guyana, help slash food bill

Hydroponics is becoming more prominent in Guyana, and now, investors from Israel are hoping to start a new project in Guyana. “We have an investor from Israel who will do some hydroponics on the East Coast (of Demerara),” Agriculture Minister Zulfikar Mustapha said at the sidelines of an event on Monday, October 3. 

Mustapha, while engaging reporters, said that the investor is among several others interested in establishing hydroponics farms in Guyana. The Israelis, in particular, will be increasing the number of shade houses used in the production of high-value crops (broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower) at Mon Repos, ECD.

In so doing, Mustapha said that they will also integrate hydroponics into production. Importantly, he said this forthcoming investment will focus on the high-value crops prioritized by Guyana because of the hefty costs associated with importing those products each year.

In fact, he reminded reporters that a $2.6 billion sum was spent on importing those three vegetables last year alone. This investment should help to reduce the amount spent on these vegetables annually.

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