Guyana’s rapidly advancing agricultural technology has produced the first harvest of various crops at the Victoria Greens Hydroponic Farm.
And the country is looking to supply the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Department of Public Information (DPI) said.
Hydroponics involves growing plants without soil by using water-based mineral nutrient solutions.
According to the DPI, Guyana’s groundbreaking hydroponic project is one of the most advanced farming structures in the Caribbean.
Greenhouse Operator Aneisha Azore told the government agency that the primary goal is to supply the CARICOM region with healthy, high-quality food, mainly fresh vegetables.
“”We will begin to harvest lettuce, pakchoi, basil, kale, rocket, and mustard…We will be harvesting 600 heads of pakchoi, and over 650 heads of lettuce. The basil, kale, rocket, and mustard, added together, is over 1,000 clusters of those herbs,” Azore disclosed.
Although some of these herbs and vegetables are relatively new to Guyana’s soil, she told DPI there is a high demand for the commodities.
Currently, 25,000 of the nursery’s 100,000 crops are under cultivation, with the next harvest expected in about two weeks.
In December 2022, the Guyana government and the Israeli Company KARLICO Inc. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop the major project.