Agro-processing fair ‘Uncapped’ slated for Oct month-end

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first_imgGuyana’s newest trade and agro-processing fair, ‘Uncapped’, is billed for the Sophia Exhibition Complex from October 27 to 29, 2017.The three-day exhibition, food festival and culture show is a collaborative effort between the Government of Guyana, private enterprises, and the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA).President of the GMSA, Shyam Nokta, is quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying that the idea behind ‘Uncapped’ is to bring together both large and small agro-producers, entities involved in supporting agro-processing, and agencies and institutions to ensure their products can meet market requirements and access markets.GMSA President Shyam NoktaNokta said the trade fair would also feature a food festival which would provide opportunity to showcase what is being produced locally. Moreover, Uncapped would allow businesses to explore the prospect of working together to create awareness, and promote and expand the agro-processing sector to meet domestic needs, Caribbean needs, and markets further afield.Acknowledging that there are many challenges faced by the local agro-processing sector, Nokta said the work must begin somewhere if the sector is to move forward.“For many years, we have been talking about our potential to not only feed the Caribbean, but to look wider afield. The GMSA recognises that there are many challenges for us to be able to do this, and they range from packaging and marketing to being able to access regional and international markets, and meeting all the requirements. But we felt that, first, we need to start creating the awareness right here at home, because there are many people doing good things that we are not aware of. Why should we have products coming from external sources when those very same products we can make right here?” Nokta reasoned.Meanwhile, Ramsay Ali, Vice President of the GMSA and Events Manager of ‘Uncapped’, emphasised the importance of business owners moving the local agro-processing sector forward. “We are encouraging the shop owners of Guyana — all the shop owners — to come to this event to see exactly what Guyanese are producing that can be used locally instead of imported stuff. We have some good Guyanese products here, but (producers) need help from the Guyanese storekeepers to put those products on their shelves and promote them.”The three-day event will feature an opening ceremony at 17:00hrs on Friday, 27th October. A number of Government officials, including President David Granger and Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin, are slated to be at the event.A Culture Night, featuring many local artistes, inclusive of Terry Gajraj and the cast of ‘Nothing to Laugh About’ and Shakti Strings band, will be on Saturday, October 28.The agro fair culminates on Sunday, October 29th, with “a grand” local food festival sponsored by the Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL).  According to the organisers, twelve iconic food restaurants in Guyana have been invited to participate, so persons attending would be able to experience and enjoy all the local flavours offered.Other sponsors of the first-time event include IPED, Edward Beharry and Company, Sterling Products Limited, Impressions, Republic Bank, and Banks DIH.last_img read more


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first_imgA student from Finland who has spent the past number of weeks studying at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology says he wants to stay – for the good weather!I’ve had such a FINN-tastic time here says student Mikko.Mikko Alatarvas says his experience studying in Donegal was “excellent and very positive,” even describing our weather as “much nicer than in Finland”.But then again, he did leave temperatures of -15 Celsius to come here. Mikko is studying for a degree in Construction Management in Oulu University of Applied Sciences in Finland.Letterkenny IT has an Erasmus agreement with the university, situated 600km north of the capital Helsinki, which enables Finnish students to spend a semester studying in Letterkenny (or vice versa).Mikko came to Letterkenny IT to brush up on his English and also to enhance his degree studies. He joined the final year BSc in Construction and Fire Technology class.Talking about his time spent in Donegal, he is very enthusiastic, describing it as life-changing. “I learned a lot on the course but also was really struck by the warmth of the Donegal people and the culture.“It’s nice to be here at LYIT, I really like the people. Although I found the course challenging it helped me along the way with my studies.“In fact, I learned a lot including a new computer program (BIM). The lecturers are very, very good, they make everything very clear.”The Finn saw quite a lot of the country by going on trips with the other international students.He also joined the LYIT hillwalking club and says the Donegal scenery was “magnificent”. “I’m so glad I didn’t go to Dublin or one of the other big cities, I feel I got to do and learn much more in Donegal. I can’t wait to come back.”The only difficulty for him he says, was, “driving on the wrong side of the road.”Mikko returns to Finland with warm memories of having learnt new skills and made many friends. He’s one of the numerous international students who come to LYIT to advance their studies whilst improving their English.His final word on Donegal, “I liked it here so much I just might fail my exams so that I have to repeat!” According to Head of Department of Civil Engineering & Construction, Anne Boner – “There’s not much chance of that.”DONEGAL IS SOME-FINN ELSE SAYS VISITING LYIT STUDENT! was last modified: May 28th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalFinlandLYITlast_img read more