Any imported item that can be produced locally at a similar quality or better should be either banned or taxed so heavily that the locals are forced to buy local. .
We cannot do this as many of the imports come from CARICOM. Barbados, an island with 3 mango trees probably sells mango juice to Guyana. This from Brazilian concentrates.
If Guyana is too stupid to perform its role which is to develop a viable agro-industrial sector then that is our fault. Our cost structures are more favorable than those of Barbados.
Whose fault is this?
A private sector that behaves like market hucksters only wanting to buy cheap and sell high? And open up fast food restaurants, shopping malls, metroplex cinemas and engage in real estate and other speculation.
A gov't which thinks that everything will be solved when oil flows. Apparently they haven't they don't see that T&T is two steps away from the IMF, despite having accumulated reserves over the past several decades.
An opposition which is more interested in promoting itself as the "party of straight hair people" so that its oligarch friends have license to steal if they regain office.
I can buy Jamaican fruit juices and canned vegetables sold by Grace Kennedy a company which has/had ambitions to trade on US stock exchanges.
I remember the 70s when we had a viable juice industry and ample local products available.