Minister of Agriculture Zulfikar Mustapha on Tuesday, revealed that the Guyana Livestock and Development Authority is looking to up production and productivity in the swine sector.
He said that some 890,000 kilograms of pork are currently being produced. However, they are looking to increase this by at least 400,000 more kilograms by the end of the year.
Minister Mustapha told the farmers that there is a need for increased production “because the expatriates coming to Guyana they will want special cuts they will want things in a organize way.”
However, he explained that production will have to be done in a different way.
In an effort to meet this target by year-end the subject Ministry presented ten farmers with a number of crossbred piglets.
This species, Chief Technical Officer George Jervis, explained will give you more pork in a shorter period of time.
He said, “you can have as much as 200 pounds in six months that means that you have to feed them and that your whole profit arrangement will change.”
Minister Mustapha said that he is hopeful that the Swine industry will contribute significantly to the economy’s Gross Domestic Product
He has committed to implementing other mechanisms through which this industry can be revamped.