History Of Guyana School of Agriculture

The Guyana School of Agriculture was conceived to satisfy a need for a National Agricultural Training Institution in Guyana.   This idea was the brain child of Dr. Cheddi Jagan, the then Premier of British Guiana.

The School began on September 09, 1963 at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara eleven (11) miles from Georgetown.   The first enrollment comprised of twenty-five (25) male students.   Five dwelling houses provided facilities for classrooms, dormitories and cafeteria, in the then CENTRAL AGRICULTURE STATION (CAS) compound.
The first Principal was Mr. Harry Madramootoo, Director of Research of the British Guiana Rice Board.   Lectures were supplied by the Ministry of Agriculture on a part-time basis.

In 1964, the school became a state Corporation and a Board was appointed by the Minister of Agriculture to formulate policies which will direct operations.   The objectives of the school were outlined as follows:-

  • To offer theoretical and practical training in Agriculture.
  • To develop, manage and operate farms and undertakings of an agricultural nature,

i.e. to operate commercial farms and undertakings in accordance with good farming practice.

Evolving from these objectives was the following Mission STATEMENT:

To promote and support agricultural development through education and training of young men and women interested in an agricultural career.”