A deal was inked yesterday between Jamaica-based H&L Agro and Agricultural & Public Health Solutions (APSOL) to support the growth and sustainability of agriculture in Guyana.
As the final day of the Agri-Investment forum and expo came to a close, the distribution contract was signed on Sunday at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre in Liliendaal, Georgetown.
For farmers and plant enthusiasts, APSOL offers seedlings, seeds, pesticides, and specialized agricultural help.
H&L Agro is Jamaica’s largest retailer and wholesaler of building materials, home improvement supplies and agricultural inputs.
The partnership will see APSOL now distributing H&L products, including potting soil which they will be supplying to Guyana market.
It will also see persons being employed here to aid in educating consumers, particularly farmers on the use of the products.
Delivering remarks at a simple ceremony, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of H&L Group, Olive Downer Walsh said the partnership is of “extreme” importance and value to the company.
“It’s not just about getting the products sold. It’s about how we are going to work together as we seek to drive that 25 percent by 2025 vision,” Walsh said.
She added, “While we have been on a journey to realize our vision, the timing is now. A time when the leadership of a country and throughout the region are focusing on ensuring that we as a Caribbean are focusing on building resilience.”
In sharing similar sentiments, Managing Director of APSOL, Alvin Parag said he is excited to have the partnership and anticipate that it will expand overtime not only in Guyana but in other Caribbean countries.
Parag said, “There are bigger things coming to the Guyana market through this partnership. We will not rest until we achieve the product range to be sustainable”.
“No one company, no one individual can handle this level of abundance that we are seeing.”
Under the partnership, both companies said all activities will be done in keeping with CARICOM’s vision to reduce the food import bill by 25 percent by 2025.