Gov’t to approach Belize, Guatemala, Brazil markets to purchase Guyana’s rice

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Rice being prepared for export

By Fareeza Haniff

Rice-being-loaded-for-export-to-Venezuela[www.inewsguyana.com] – In order to sustain its rice industry, the Guyana government through the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) will be engaging Belize, Guatemala and Brazil in purchasing rice from this country.

This is according to General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Clement Rohee, who at a press conference on Monday, March 10 commended rice farmers for their dedication to the industry.

Rohee told reporters that Agriculture Minister, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy will be leaving Guyana shortly for Latin America to pursue markets in the region, while negotiations are ongoing with Haiti, which requires 100,000 mt of rice.

Additionally, Guyana will also be exporting rice to Venezuela and according to Rohee, the government is awaiting the ‘signal’ from the relevant authorities in the neighbouring country to commence exportation.

According to the General Secretary, “being pivotal to the robust and continuous growing economy rice has now taken its rightful place in being a major contributor to the country’s Gross Domestic Product. Today, as result of these efforts, Guyana’s rice product has become exemplary. Domestic and international consumers can have a variety of choices of a high quality rice product.”

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