According to Tuesday’s announcement by Agriculture Minister Zulfikar Mustapha, Guyanese investors will soon start growing black-eyed beans at Kimbia in Region 10’s Upper Berbice River. The Minister assured the reporters over the phone that the investors have completed all necessary preparations.
“The investor put out the idea; Lands and Surveys is processing their land application. “Operation will start very soon. Minister Mustapha stated, “We have completed all the required preparations to put things in place.
Minister Mustapha attested to the fact that the Kimbia project site possesses the necessary rich soil. The “area [is] where that crop used to plant long ago,” he claimed.
The optimal soil for growing black-eyed peas is loamy to sandy and well-drained. They require a full sun location and shelter from strong winds. The Ministry, along with the private investors, conducted feasibility tests for cultivation.
The government is hopeful that 1,000 acres of land will be used for this venture by year-end.
Through this production, the country is preparing to supply the entire Caribbean region.
Additionally, the government is investing millions into different production areas such as corn and soya.