Students from the Corentyne Comprehensive High School’s agriculture science department will soon benefit from improved facilities for the practical aspect of their studies following a commitment made by Agriculture Minister, Zulfikar Mustapha to assist with a shade house and other related items.
The minister was at the time spearheading the government’s ‘Because We Care’ Cash Grant distribution exercise in Region Six.
Minister Mustapha, who is also a past student of the school, said that the ministry was in the process of implementing several transformative projects to get more young people involved in agriculture.
“I attended this school from 1980 to 1985 and I am proud to be back here today. I’ve been going around the country because the ministry has a lot of initiatives that we’ve been rolling out. Guyana is now leading the agriculture sector in the Caribbean. Our President is leading the food drive in CARICOM to reduce the import bill by 25% by the year 2025.
“I want to make this commitment. The Ministry of Agriculture will be donating a shadehouse to the school along with a set of agriculture tools. We’ll also work along with them to develop their poultry rearing activities. GLDA will help them with the building the pens and supply the birds so that the school can benefit from an all-around agriculture operation,” the minister disclosed.
As it relates to the grant, Minister Mustapha said that the government was keen on developing the country’s human resource capacity so that the other sectors can also develop. Noting the importance of the grant, the minister said the government was going to continue to offer assistance to Guyanese to further their education.
In addition to the cash grant, Minister Mustapha also said that the government recently awarded thousands of fully-funded scholarships for persons to study at a number of prestigious educational institutions across the world. This, he said, was also in keeping with the government’s commitment to ensure the country’s human resource is developed in addition to making more academic opportunities available to Guyanese.
Minister Mustapha also participated in the distribution exercise at the Tain Primary School. At the end of the exercise, approximately $37,620,000 was distributed at the two centers.