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Fruits and vegetables are cultivated in all of the regions in Guyana whether it is on a subsistence or commercial level. However, most of the fruits and vegetables available at the commercial level are produced in Regions 1,2,3,4,5,6,9, and 10. Some of the crops that are grown predominantly in these regions include:

· Region 1 Ginger and yams

· Region 2 Coconuts, pineapples, citrus fruits and bananas

· Region3 Pineapples, pumpkin and ground provisions

· Region 4 Bora, pepper, watermelon, eddoes and coconuts

· Region 5 Eschallot, coconuts, tomatoes and boulanger

· Region 6 Watermelon, citrus fruits, boulanger, bora, cucumber and coconuts

· Region 9 Cassava, peanuts and bananas

· Region 10 Bananas, pumpkin and eddoes

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GUYANA AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS’ ASSOCIATION (GAPA)

1. Establishment and Legal Structure

The Guyana Agricultural Producers’ Association known by its acronym, GAPA, is a non-governmental and non-profit entity. The GAPA secretariat is located at Brickdam, Georgetown with chapters in all other Regions.

The GAPA has been in existence since 1974 serving the farming community. It was re-established in 2008 to better serve and provide for the non-traditional agricultural farmers within Guyana, including the Hinterlands areas through the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs.

GAPA has affiliations with Ministry of Agriculture and its agencies such as the National Agriculture Research Institute (NARI), Guyana Marketing Corporation (GMC), the Rural Enterprise and Agricultural Development Project (READ) and the Agricultural Diversification Project (ADP) as well as with other private sector agencies.

With its re-establishment, GAPA is poised to advance the non-traditional agricultural farming sector, including small-scale producers, since this sector remained one of the pillars to ensure food security in the Caribbean. This organization will placed specific emphasis in the areas of productivity, management, research, training and marketing information.

2. Aims and Objectives

To play a pivotal role in alleviating poverty in the rural areas, with assistance from various ongoing projects within Guyana.

3. Membership

The membership drive has started and to date there are over 450 registered members on their database. This will be increase significantly over the next four months. During this period, the GAPA is expected to launch and hold it regional conferences across Guyana. All non-traditional farmers and rice farmers, who are also are cash crop farmers, are entitled to be members of GAPA.

4. Governance and Management

GAPA is manage by the a general council consisting of a president, a vice president, a general secretary, an assistant secretary/treasurer and an organizing secretary, together with 16 members – all elected by secret ballot at the general meeting. The general council has selected three trustees and approved a trust deed, which is registered in the Deeds Registry of the High Court.
A National Coordinator/Technical Manager currently runs the secretariat on a day-to-day basis.

5. Funding

GAPA sources funds from the:

  • IADB’s Agricultural Sector Services Programme (ASSP);
  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), with its targeting of small-scale farmers in Regions 2 through 6;
  • European Union, through the Guyana Micro Projects Programme, which funds community-based and identified micro projects;
  • USAID, Guyana Trade and Investment Support (GTIS) Project, matching Guyana producers with international buyers;
  • FAO’s Food Security Programme; and
  • IICA.

6. Services to Membership

Association Management. Coordinating the efforts of farmers for the purpose of promoting their common interest and organizing farmers for united action to develop their particular industry. GAPA also administers funds provided through its own efforts, government or donor programmes to assist farmers in the development of agriculture to its members.
Service Provider.  The Guyana Agricultural Producers’ Association renders services to farmers that will advance their social and economic conditions.
Advocacy. Negotiations with Government, its agencies and other bodies for the development of policies and programmes designed to further agricultural development are carried out.
Representative Body.  Representations on behalf of famers to employees, landlords, Regional Councils, RDCs, Government, donors and others are done.  Common action on any and all matters of interest and benefit to farmers is also taken.

7. Value Chain Services

Establishing and maintaining appropriate affiliations with groups or organizations that are pertinent to the objectives described herein;
Information Sharing.  GAPA keeps the farming community and general public informed on the state of the industry, its importance to the economy and potential for the development of the economy.
Participating and assisting with formulating and promoting policies to meet existing and new challenges and changing economic conditions.

For additional information on GAPA, contact:
GAPA Secretariat, Ministry of Agriculture Compound, 18 Brickdam, Stabroek, Georgetown.  Tel: 592-227-1934. email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .