UPL will supply technical expertise and selected agriculture inputs, while the Republic of Guyana will provide a suitable land parcel of 200 acres
UPL, a leading provider of Sustainable Agriculture Solutions, announced a collaboration with the Republic of Guyana to establish a 200-acre ‘Millets Model Farm’. Jai Shroff, Group CEO of UPL group and Zulfikar Mustafa, Agriculture Minister of the Republic of Guyana, signed an MOU in Georgetown, Guyana with an aim to assess the adaptation of various millet varieties for growing and consuming in Guyana. The signing of the MoU coincided with the visit of an Indian delegation to Guyana led by S. Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs of India.
In this partnership, UPL will supply technical expertise and selected agriculture inputs, while the Republic of Guyana will provide a suitable land parcel of 200 acres in Guyana and local farm operations will be done by the Republic of Guyana.
Millets, also known as super food, are climate-smart, sustainable, rich in heritage, and highly nutritious food resources. In comparison with rice, millet production requires half of the water per acre as compared with rice, making it a water conservation crop that can also withstand other climatic conditions like droughts, floods, heat stress, erratic rainfalls, etc., than other crops, saving food loss, enhancing small farmers resilience.
Sagar Kaushik, President, Global Corporate & Industry Affairs from UPL, said, “We are delighted to partner with the Republic of Guyana as the first country in Latin America to explore millet cultivation potential in Guyana, which will also benefit Small Holding Farmers.”
Explaining the initiatives further, Kaushik Said, said, “UPL is paving the path for millet cultivation and making important strides toward its vision of a food-secure world through this collaboration. This is a win-win situation for both Guyana and UPL. UPL’s expertise and technical know-how will play a crucial role in ensuring the success of this initiative, which can provide a sustainable livelihood to smallholding farmers globally.”