The Government of Guyana on Sunday launched a $200 million shade house project under the Agriculture and Innovation Entrepreneurship Programme along the Essequibo Coast, even as Venezuelans were voting in a referendum to assert ownership of the mineral and forest-rich county.
President Irfaan Ali, speaking at a ceremony to launch the initiative, sought to reassure residents of Essequibo that his administration will continue to build the region for a sustainable future.
He said the Essequibo region holds tremendous value for Guyana and that it is not only rich in natural resources, but also plays a critical role in national food production.
Under the project, the authorities will construct a hydroponics shade house, to advance Guyana's vision of supplying the 15-member CARICOM region with healthy, high-quality food, mainly fresh vegetables.
The Government has said it will also employ 200 youths from the region and will enable farmers to target high-value crops.