Guyana Agriculture and Fishing Overview

Agriculture and fishing

Guyana is self-sufficient in food and agriculture has long accounted for more than half its exports. The cultivated lands are mainly found in the coastal region. Sugar and rice are the major export crops.

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Sugarcane is usually grown on state plantations and rice by self-indigenous Indo-Guyanese peasants. Improved technology in the 1990s increased the harvest, not least of sugar. In the 2010s, however, EU support for the sugar industry was gradually cut down, and in 2019 production was about one-third the size it was at the turn of the millennium.

Livestock management is carried out on the savannah inland, including at the border with Brazil. For Guyana defense and foreign policy, please check themotorcyclers.

Fishing is becoming increasingly important. Shrimp, which is mainly trawled, has become a major export commodity. Attempts to widen agricultural production to fruit and vegetables for export to North America and the Caribbean, among others, have had mixed successes.

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Agriculture’s share of GDP

15.4 percent (2017)

Percentage of land used for agriculture

8.6 percent (2016)

Guyana Agriculture and Fishing