Rice grown in Guyana occupies approximately 225,000 acres and has been double cropped per year. Several varieties (10) are presently under cultivation however, GRDB 9, GRDB 10, G98-22-4, G98-196 and G98-135 are the dominant varieties. Average grain yields obtain by farmers is 30 bags/ acre.
Why rice is important to Guyana?
Did you know that rice is the most important crop grown in Guyana? Alongside sugar, another popular crop, rice has been the bedrock of Guyana’s growing agriculture industry for many years. Today, rice production in the country is increasing as a result of a recent increase in global rice prices.
Which regions are rice grown in Guyana?
Rice is planted in four regions as shown in the following table.
|Production zone||Harvested area (% total harvested area)|
|Reg.5 Mahaica Abary/West Berbice||40.20|
|Re.8 East Berbice/Black Bush Polder||24.97|
|Reg.2 Essequibo Coast||19.29|
|Reg.3 West Dem/EssIsies||12.67|
Which country does Guyana export rice to?
During 2020 (January-December), Guyana exported rice and rice products to 40 countries. The major importing countries were Jamaica, Trinidad, Belgium, Holland, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom, Columbia, Haiti, Honduras, and Venezuela.
Why is rice not cultivated in all the regions in Guyana?
This year, however, Guyana reduced rice area by almost 4 percent to 0.180 mha. Less land in rice production was due to myriad problems including drought, water rationing, salt water intrusion, lack of crop rotation, less fertilizer input, and slower and lower returns to farmers.
How is sugar harvested in Guyana?
Sugarcane is transported in small flat bottomed boats (known as punts) from the fields to the factories. Sugarcane is usually harvested manually. After the cane is harvested, the roots are sometimes left in the ground to produce new plants. This is known as ratooning.
What do they grow in Guyana?
The major crops include rice, sugar, coffee, cocoa, coconuts, edible oils, copra, fruit, vegetables, and tobacco. Livestock include cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, and chickens.
Does Guyana grow wheat?
Other important crops include wheat, bananas, coconuts, coffee, cocoa, citrus fruits, pepper and pumpkin and livestock commodities from the country’s various cattle ranches including beef, pork, poultry, dairy products and fish, notably shrimp. In some areas peanuts are also an important crop.
Who introduced rice to Caribbean?
Rice is not native to the Americas but was introduced to Latin America and the Caribbean by European colonizers at an early date with Spanish colonizers introducing Asian rice to Mexico in the 1520s at Veracruz and the Portuguese and their African slaves introducing it at about the same time to Colonial Brazil.
Who brought rice to Jamaica?
Rice was popular in West African culture and the slaves brought the recipe with them to Jamaica and passed on the knowledge to their descendants. To help them adjust to their new, horrid environment, the slaves cooked food that was familiar to them, including rice and peas.