Government has revitalised plans by the previous Administration to open a plantain chip factory in Leguan, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara).
The Business Ministry, in a local newspaper advertisement, is inviting interested investors to submit Expressions of Interest along with their business proposal for this undertaking.
According to the Government ad, investors should have the capacity to take possession of the property immediately after signing the contract.
The size of the property is 8625 square feet and includes machines such as slicing processors, and blanching, and dewatering, frying, de-oiling, seasoning and packaging equipment.
The move to establish a plantain chip factory, in order to push the local manufacturing sector, was touted by former President Donald Ramotar in the lead-up to the 2015 General and Regional Elections.
This project falls under the previous Administration’s Rural Enterprise Development programme which commenced back in 2014.
These projects initially comprised the construction of two call centres – one in Tuschen in Region Three and one in Enmore in Region Four, and two chip factories, one in Leguan and one in the neighbouring island of Wakenaam.
When the new Administration assumed office, this much-anticipated initiative was shelved.
Just earlier this year, residents were calling on the Government to move ahead with the plan to open the factory to provide jobs for the people on the island.