Agriculture


Chairman: Mr. Beni Sankar

Terms of Reference

  1. To engage all relevant stakeholders in a way that would enable the country to realize its full agricultural potential with the objective of being the bread basket of the Caribbean.

  2. To develop positions and make recommendations to the PSC’s Executive Management Committee and Council on matters relating to agricultural development.

  3. To be responsible for the PSC’s interfacing with the Ministry of Agriculture and other relevant Ministries, technical supporting institutions and donor agencies.

  4. To mobilize private sector members to play a more pro-active role in agriculture development including non-traditional crops, livestock and aquaculture.

  5. To co-ordinate efforts to provide private sector operatives with advice on production techniques, husbandry practices and market exploration and promotion.

  6. To develop the capacity to advise private sector farmers on the development of agribusiness plans.

  7. Promote dialogue with financial institutions to encourage investments in agriculture and develop the capacity for project execution.

  8. Assist in the development of quality assurance standards to enhance competitiveness of primary agricultural products and value added commodities.

  9. Advise on the promotion and development of export marketing requirements including sanitary and phyto-sanitary standards.

Members of the Sub-Committee

The Sub-Committee should endeavour to recruit members who can make a positive contribution to its activities.  Members can be attracted from the following organizations:

  1. Private Sector Commission.

  2. Heads and members of equivalent Sub-Committees of PSC Sectoral members.

  3. Organisations which have the relevant skills which can be of use to the Sub-Committees.

Modus Operandi

  1. The Sub-Committee shall have scheduled meetings at least every two months with appropriate notice being given to members.

  2. The agenda for the meetings will be prepared by the Sub-Committee Chairman, submitted to the Executive Director and mailed to the members along with the minutes of the last meeting at least five working days before the meeting.

  3. Unscheduled meetings can be called by the Sub-Committee Chairman through the Executive Director or his representative to address emergency issues.

  4. The Quorum for any meeting shall be no less than four persons excluding the Chairman.

  5. In the absence of the Chairman, the members present shall elect a Chairman for the meeting for that day.

  6. All recommendations made by the committee shall be ratified by the Council before being dispatched to the relevant authorities.

  7. In the event that the recommendations cannot wait for the Council meeting, the Chairman with the assistant of the Executive Director can round-robin the recommendations and seek approval to forward the recommendation to the relevant authorities subject to ratification by Council at the earliest meeting.

  8. The Chairman with consensus from members may invite persons from related organizations to attend a meeting as a guest speaker or advisor on the topic of discussion.

  9. The taking of notes at the meetings will be the responsibility of the Executive Director or staff delegated to do so.

Working Relationship

The Sub-Committee will interface with the following organisations inter alia:

1. Private Sector Organisations

  • All Private Sector Organisations

  • All Chambers of Commerce

  • Private Agriculturalists and Farmers

  • Aquaculturists

2.    Public Sector Organisations

  • Ministry of Agriculture

  • National Agricultural Research Institute

  • New GMC

  • Rice Producers Association

  • Go-Invest

  • National Drainage and Irrigation Authority

  • Guysuco

3.    Donor Agencies

  • Guyana Trade and Investment Support (USAID)