The Guyana School of Agriculture (GSA) held its 53rd graduation exercised on 9 August 2017. The ceremony, at which 113 students were awarded in various capacities, was held at the school’s Plant Science Building, Mon Repos, East Coast, Demerara.
Progamme Manager, Agriculture and Industry, Ms. Nisa Surujbally, represented the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.
Students graduated with Diplomas in Agriculture, Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health; Certificates in Agriculture and Forestry.
The best overall graduating students for each of the programmes offered are:
Nafira Mokhan – Diploma in Agriculture (Mon Repos campus)
Munishwar Rampersaud (Essequibo campus)
Nadeen DeJonge – Certificate in Agriculture
Meghan DeSantos – Diploma in Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health
Delon Peneux – Certificate in Forestry (Mon Repos campus)
Mitchell Vieira (Essequibo campus)
Minister of Agriculture, the Hon. Noel Holder delivered the keynote address during which he highlighted the significant role agriculture played in Guyana’s development.
“Since independence and to this day, the Agricultural Sector has been a catalyst and a pillar in our development trajectory. The sector has had positive growth since 2009 (except for 2016 because the El Nino phenomenon), with an expected growth of 3% in 2017. The significant contributions of agriculture as a major component of our economy is likely to persist, even though we envisage accelerated growth of mining, the emergence of oil as a major player in our economy, the significant growth in the service industry and the young manufacturing industry. Therefore, it is a great privilege, as the Minister of Agriculture, to see 113 students presented for graduation in 2017; and to observe that over the years the enrollment of students at the institution has grown from an average of 31 in the first decade to 113 in 2017,” the Minister said.
He added that given the demand for education, the changing demands and challenges on the agriculture sector, and the need for continuous review, he was pleased that among other steps it was taking, the GSA had begun reforming its curriculum; strengthening its relationship with the National Accreditation Council and developing a Strategic Plan and National Policy on Agricultural Education.