The Ministry of Agriculture has been making interventions to ensure farmers receive the necessary support that would aid production as Guyana strives to maintain food security.
Today Minister of Agriculture Robert Persaud signed a contract with Rid-O-Pest for the spraying of pesticides to combat to acoushi ants' problem being experienced in the hinterland and other coastal areas.
Minister Persaud said that traditionally his Ministry would collaborate with the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs to distribute pesticides to the hinterland communities to alleviate this growing problem, but found it to be limited and ineffective.
He stated that the project was fashioned from the malaria control programme, which would cover a wider area and treat the problem for a longer period of time.
The Agriculture Minister said that even though this is a new initiative the ministry has conducted several tests to ascertain the impact on the environment, as well as the ants.
The Minister said the ministry has in excess of $30M to start spraying acoushi ants in Regions 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9 along with other coastal communities afflicted with the problem.
Rid-O-Pest will begin spraying in the Upper Mazaruni, Region Seven.
The activity will support other expanded agriculture projects in terms of hinterland agriculture such as the introduction and re-introduction of crops such as red peas, turmeric, carrots, potatoes and onions.
The Minister said the chemical to be used, has been tested and has proven to be environmentally friendly.
Managing director of Rid-O-Pest, Timothy Tucker, said that the company is ready and that spraying will begin in 14 days.