Plympton Farms achieved a milestone under the Green Farms Initiative, inaugurating a three-acre greenhouse at Dora along the Linden Highway on November 24. The ceremony marked the culmination of a pivotal stage in a tripartite collaboration between SBM Offshore Guyana, Plympton Farms, and local catering company Newrest Guyana.
SBM Offshore Guyana’s financial and advisory backing facilitated the construction of this cutting-edge greenhouse, employing Plympton’s proprietary design and sustainable hydroponics system.
The project aims to reduce imported produce used onboard the Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels operating offshore Guyana and SBM Offshore Guyana’s onshore offices through the provision of healthy and nutritious meals by Newrest Guyana.
The array of produce cultivated at the farm includes broccoli, zucchini, bell peppers, cauliflower, and chilli peppers.
Martin Cheong, SBM Offshore Guyana’s General Manager, emphasized the company’s commitment to local content, stating, “By partnering with local suppliers and businesses, we create a robust supply chain that stimulates economic growth.”
He said the collaboration ensures that resources are utilised efficiently. “Through job creation, skill development and knowledge transfer, we as a company strive to strengthen the workforce and empower individuals to accomplish their goals,” he added.
Plympton Farms’ Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Kapil Mohabir, expressed gratitude for SBM Offshore’s support, citing the partnership’s significant contribution to expanding greenhouse acreage.
Dr. Richard Blair, Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture, praised the initiative’s alignment with regional goals, especially Caricom’s aim to reduce food imports by 25% by 2025. He lauded Plympton Farms, SBM Offshore Guyana, and Newrest Guyana for promoting self-sufficiency in food production.
SBM Offshore Guyana has adopted several of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for its sustainable development ambitions. This project aligns with the company’s support for SDG Three – Good Health and Wellbeing; SDG Eight – Decent Work and Economic Growth;
SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production and SDG 13 – Climate Action. The company continues to support local projects that align with its sustainable development objectives.