Local farm supplying produce for Guyana’s oil production vessels recognized for innovative use of technology

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Plympton Farms’ greenhouse and hydroponic system, which are being supported by SBM Offshore Guyana’s Green Farms Initiative, recently gained the attention of the highest office in the South American country for its use of technology that allows for increased production.

It is Guyana’s largest outdoor hydroponics farm and specialises in the production of fruits and vegetables that are traditionally imported.

Owned and operated by Mr. Kapil Mohabir and his wife, Mrs. Yanni Mohabir, the farm was founded in 2012 and has developed custom greenhouse and hydroponic systems that meet the unique challenges of Guyana’s growing conditions.

A section of the farm

The farm currently houses three state-of-the-art greenhouses. It provides farm-fresh produce to the Liza Destiny and Liza Unity Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels which are producing oil offshore Guyana. Produce is also supplied for consumption at SBM Offshore Guyana’s onshore offices.

“Amazing work by Plympton Farms on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway. This is the largest outdoor hydroponics farm in Guyana with several acres of specialist fruit and vegetable. The use of hydroponics technology allows for expanded acreage and increased yield,” Guyana’s President, Dr. Irfaan Ali shared in a brief Facebook update on August 8. 

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This extensive farming project, situated along the Linden/Soesdyke Highway, utilises modern, cutting-edge greenhouse technology and hydroponic systems to support the production of fresh produce, some of which are not native to Guyana, on three acres of land, and is aimed at reducing the country’s food import bill.

Plympton Farms receives support from SBM Offshore Guyana under the Green Farms Initiative, a tri-partite agreement between the two entities and Newrest Guyana, a catering company with local operations.

According to Mr. Mohabir, at the time of the project’s start-up, 85 percent of the produce being supplied to the FPSOs was grown by local farmers, with 15 percent of the produce being imported. Through this initiative, Plympton Farms has a goal to displace one-third of the imported produce, and Mr. Mohabir is optimistic that by the time the project is fully operationalised, two-thirds of the imported items will be further displaced. “It’s really displacing things like zucchinis, broccoli, cauliflower and being able to do that reliably throughout the year,” he shared.

SBM Offshore Guyana’s General Manager Martin Cheong (L) and Plympton Farms operator, Kapil Mohabir, during a visit to the facility.

In a previous press update from the company, General Manager of SBM Offshore Guyana, Mr. Martin Cheong said, “With the Green Farms Initiative, we are focused on bringing innovation to the farming sector, specifically greenhouse technology within Guyana.”

The project provides employment for over 20 Guyanese residing in nearby communities and aims to further contribute to local sustainable farming.

Here are a few more photos of produce at the farm: 

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