The Rupununi Livestock Producers Association (RLPA) was formed in the early 1970’s by a group of ranchers in the Rupununi Region to help support and sustain the livestock industry. It represents ranchers, village herds and smallholders alike.
Where is the Rupununi?
The Rupununi Region also known as Region 9 - Upper-Takutu-Upper Essequibo is located in the south of Guyana South America and is the largest geographical Region in the country. The area is often referred to as “the Rupununi”, after the river that runs through the entire Region from the Deep South, connecting to the Essequibo to the
north of this Region.
The RLPA recently revitalized its role in representing the interests of the local livestock producers in Region 9. The main object of the RLPA is to lobby, encourage and promote improvement in the production of the livestock industry and partnering with relevant institutions to progress the interest of members. This includes supporting and coordinating the development of holistic and sustainable approaches to pasture development and management within the landscape’s environmental limits, breed improvement, improved animal husbandry and marketing opportunities for local livestock producers.
This would only be possible with the collaboration of stakeholders.
The RLPA is also responsible for coordinating the selection of the Rupununi Rodeo Committee who is responsible for the planning and executing of the annual Rupununi Rodeo which takes place during the Easter weekend at the Tripple "R" Rodeo ground near the town of Lethem.
In recent years, the RLPA has been charged by the RDC with the responsibility of managing the abattoir in Lethem, which we are working towards having better systems emplace in collaboration with RDC, Regional Health Department, Police, GLDA and other stakeholders.
Our members come from all across the Rupununi from a wide cross of people from the South Central, Central, North Rupununi and Karasabai.
Currently the RLPA is being supported by the Sustainable Wildlife Management Programme (SWM) to implement a livestock component plan for the Region.
Become a part of the RLPA community. Register with us by downloading our membership form and filling it out. You can submit the filled form at our office or via email.
The RLPA for the first time sign a Memorandum of agreement (MOU) with Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA) on the 12th December 2019, this means a lot for the RLPA
as the objectives are the same. The objectives of RLPA would only be possible with the collaboration of stakeholders.
Following the research into livestock systems, nationally and in the Rupununi, which was done by The Consultancy Group Inc., TCG. They proposed a livestock component plan for the SWM project in Guyana aimed at exploring, through meaningful interventions, to what extent improved access to domesticated livestock reduces pressured on wildlife as a source of meat, and whether improving the viability of livestock production makes livestock more attractive than wild-meat as a source of income. The plan focuses on chicken meat and eggs immediately and beef in subsequent years. RLPA was identified to implement and sustain the livestock interventions which is being piloted under this project.
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