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Reply to "Asian wood companies told to start value added production or face contract termination"

Originally Posted by Itaname:
Originally Posted by seignet:

Let us take wood products. If house hold furnishings are manufactured. Who will sell it and who would buy it. We talking about mass production. Do Guyanese Foreign based buys Guyanese products.

Seignet, I am no expert on this, but I know there is a world market for finely made wood products, especially from purple heart etc. Furniture, carvings, etc. are all in demand and they are not cheap in developed countries.

 

Why do we not help encourage local craftsmen to form businesses and create products for these markets? Guyanese have always been good at wood work and carpentry. The government's role would be to find markets for our products. They need to set up a framework for local woodworking businesses to connect with businesses in developed countries that carry these types of products. 

 

We cannot rely solely on overseas Guyanese and kanta Guyanese for this market. We have to learn to take our products directly to the markets of developed nations. I don't know if you get the jist of what I'm saying.

The government must believe the trees have value when harvested. And set up a government department dedicated to enhancing it.

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