Over 160,000 tonnes of corn & soya harvested at Tacama Savannah – Guyana Times
The corn and soya bean project that is being cultivated in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice), has yielded over 160,000 tonnes of corn and soya, with the consortium looking towards replanting as soon as possible.
“It was a tremendous learning experience over the last three years. I think that we would have tried now, I think eight different varieties of corn and nine different varieties of soya bean. We tried four different types of fertilizer on the soya bean alone. And so, because remember our environment, our soils, have never done this before,” Fernandes said.
“We have everything on track to plant this November, but the only thing we don’t have control over, is the rain. And that would be the only consideration for us not to plant a crop of corn or soya bean. But nevertheless, we would still plant a cover crop of millet or something like that on the entire land, to make sure it’s covered for the rains that will come in December.”
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In addition to the farmers and private companies, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government is also a key stakeholder in the massive corn and soya bean project. The Government has played a crucial role in supporting the growth of the industry, with a commitment of over $1.2 billion to infrastructural development in the Tacama area.
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