The Telecommunications Ministry, in collaboration with the Agriculture Ministry, on Tuesday launched a website dubbed FarmersMarket.gy to help farmers sell their produce on both the local and international markets. The trading platform will enable farmers to buy and sell fresh fruits and vegetables for now. In the near future, the Farmers Market App will be extended to include the marketing of livestock, poultry, fish and dairy.Farmers will, however, have to be certified by the National Agriculture Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) by proving their goods are of an exceptional standard.A representative from the Agriculture Ministry explained that the farm certification means that the Agriculture Ministry, or NAREI, in particular, are providing the assurance that the produce being exported or traded are of the highest quality. This assurance also extends to the face that the products would have passed through a certification programme that ensures that it is free from pests and diseases.The representative explained that the Agriculture Ministry’s NAREI branch will be responsible for visiting farmers and advising them to ensure they meet the requirements for certification. The representative stressed the importance of certification, as he alluded to the point that the Ministry is seeking to market these goods on the international front.Meanwhile, the Telecommunications Minister, Cathy Hughes, pointed out the importance of the App, as she highlighted that some parts of the world are struggling to produce their own food“The most important thing about this App too is it lets us know what’s on demand (so) who in Miami, who in Canada is looking for what”.The Minister said the App will help farmers to properly choose a crop to plant based on the demands of the public, rather than planting on presumptions.This will reduce the occurrence of spoilage and more importantly, revenue loss.It was also explained that several international firms are already looking to purchase goods from Guyana on a large scale. Hughes encouraged farmers to team up to meet the demands of those customers, rather than decline to supply the items based on its possible “larger scale”.The new App was developed by 2017’s winner of the Ministry’s Hackathon, Innovative Systems.
The campus, which has about 1,000 seventh- and eighth-graders, received the recognition in 1985 and 1994. But Principal Anita Schackmann said there is more work ahead. Burbank Middle’s score on the state Academic Performance Index – 755 points – is slightly behind the Burbank Unified School District’s other two middle schools. Still, Schackmann said the school, which has a larger portion of the district’s financially disadvantaged and English-learning students, has made strides. Other local schools receiving the honor include Rosemont Middle School in Glendale, which was previously recognized in 1986, 1990, 1994 and 2003. The following schools from the Los Angeles Unified School District also received the award: Nobel Middle/Nobel Math Science Technology Magnet in Northridge; Robert Millikan Middle School & Performing Arts Magnet in Sherman Oaks; Valley Alternative Magnet in Van Nuys; George K. Porter Middle/Gifted Magnet in Granada Hills; High Tech High-Los Angeles in Lake Balboa; and Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy in Wilmington. BURBANK – For the teachers of Luther Burbank Middle School, giving up their lunch lounge to make room for a science lab was just part of the job. This act, along with improving test scores, won the campus the distinction Monday as a California Distinguished School, one of 171 middle and high schools statewide recognized with the award this year. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell broke the news before two dozen teachers in a surprise visit. “They’re making their work relevant to the real world,” he said, pointing to the school’s culinary arts program. “It’s obviously a very dedicated, hard-working staff. They’ve given up their cafeteria – their faculty lounge – so it could be science labs that can be used while the school is being modernized.” [email protected] (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!