Stabroek Block partners see results in funded hinterland poultry project

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A hinterland poultry project called ‘Egg Sandwich’ is returning tangible results, according to an update from the Greater Guyana Initiative (GGI), its funder. 

GGI, launched by the Stabroek Block partners, said Egg Sandwich “is transforming hinterland poultry production, providing both nutritional and financial benefits to consumers and producers, enabling access to affordable, locally produced, high-quality chicken and eggs and reducing the importation of poultry products.”

This GY$120 million (approximately US$586,000) investment project is executed by The Consultancy Group, in partnership with the Rupununi Livestock Producers Association (RLPA). 

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During a recent visit to Region Nine, a team comprising GGI representatives observed the results of the project. GGI said the project has successfully reached all 57 communities in the Rupununi, with over 80% now actively engaged in poultry farming. The Region’s first-ever state-of-the-art hatchery was established with the capacity to process 2,160 eggs at once. 

Greater Guyana Initiative Team

To date, over 7,000 eggs successfully hatched, and more than 18,000 dual-purpose chickens sold. Additionally, 1,116 new and existing poultry farmers across the Rupununi were formally trained in poultry production methods and management, of which 696 were women–operating in a traditionally male-dominated livestock sector. 

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GGI said market opportunities for Rupununi poultry producers, including supplying products to the region’s school feeding “hot meal” program, an initiative of the Ministry of Education, and employment creation are direct outcomes of the project. The Greater Guyana Initiative, a US$100 million 10-year investment by Stabroek Block co-venturers ExxonMobil Guyana Limited, Hess Guyana Exploration Limited, and CNOOC Petroleum Guyana Limited, aims to develop the local workforce, enhance education, and promote sustainable economic diversification in Guyana.

Greater Guyana Initiative Team and some local Poultry Producers

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