[www.inewsguyana.com] – Agriculture Minister Noel Holder is dismissing claims by the Rice Producers Association (RPA) that none of its nominees were considered for the appointments on the Boards of Directors of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) and the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA).
On Friday, RPA President Laekah Rambrich stated that the Body submitted names to Agriculture Minister, Noel Holder but was surprised the nominees were not selected.
“The RPA was shocked when the names of the Directors of the GRDB and the NDIA were made public and not a single member nominee put forward by the association was included on any of the two boards,” said Rambrich.
However, Holder stated that, the list of Board of Directors which was gazetted showed that the RPA in fact has two members as Directors on the GRDB board contrary to what was reported by the RPA executives at their press conference.
These members were identified as Rambrich and Rickey Roopchand who are both RPA members. Also on the Board is Naith Ram, who represents the Essequibo Paddy Producers Association, Peter De Groot and Rajindra Persaud from the Millers Association and Jinnah Rahaman from the Guyana Rice Action Committee.
The Minister stressed that GRDB board is made up of reputable members who can in fact make a meaningful contribution as the Government seeks to move the industry forward.
With respect to the NDIA, the Ministry nominated representatives in keeping with the Act which allows for the Board to be comprised of representatives from the Regional bodies, representatives from the Water Users Association, rice farmers, representatives from the cane farmers committee, Ministry of Finance, the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuco) and Sea Defence. [Extracted and edited from GINA]