[www.inewsguyana.com] – During a meeting with major quarry producers, Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Robert Persaud was assured that the demands for quarry will be met in 2014.
At the meeting which was convened by the Minister, quarry producers stated that there will be adequate supply for the booming construction sector. As such, BK Quarries has assured that it is doubling its production for 2014, while other producers stated that the production is set to increase by 30-percent.
In 2013, quarry production was recorded at 612,570 tonnes and the major quarry operators have assured Minister Persaud that their sector is poised for one-million tonne production in 2014.
Minister Persaud is taking pre-emptive approach to address problems that may arise in the local quarries and in sand and loam pit mining. During the meeting, Minister Persaud also listened to some of the constraints affecting quarry production and discussed mitigation measures thereby ensuring that the operators’ ability to supply products to Government projects in 2014 is not affected.
The Minister also noted that there has been some level of concern about the ability of the local quarry operators to satisfy demand in the construction sector. He explained that several Government projects during the course of 2013 were affected by the inadequate availability, not production, of quarry material.
Further, he pointed out that Government’s aim is to ensure maximum output from the operators. Present at the discussions were representatives from Toolise Persaud, Baracara, BK International, Metallica and Durban Quarries.