The Guyana government says it will launch a project aimed at reducing the countrys importation of dairy products.
Agriculture Minister Dr. Leslie Ramsammy said the government is collaborating with the Mahaica Mahaicony Abary Agricultural Development Authority and the Guyana Livestock Development Authority in implementing the livestock farm project on an estimated 500 acres of land.
He said that venture, which also includes five co-operative groups, has already attracted investors and would look at the production of pasteurised milk, cheese, yogurt, butter and ice cream.
He said the project would utilise trucks that will visit farms along the coast and collect milk to be converted into dairy products.
We are on the road towards import substitution to reduce our imports and therefore reduce the cost of imported food into our country, Ramsammy added.
Ramsammy gave no details as to how much the project would reduce the funds spent on importing dairy products.