[www.inewsguyana.com] – A new Board of Directors of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) has been appointed to guide the agency over the coming year so as to enhance the sector, with Claude Housty, former General Manager of the Guyana Rice Export Board, as its Chairman.
This was disclosed on Monday, July 27, by Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder while addressing the opening of the first National Rice Industry Conference at the Arthur Chung International Convention Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown.
As per statute, the Board is comprised of farmer and miller representatives, a consumer representative, as well as representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs (Foreign Trade), Finance and Agriculture and a representative from the legal fraternity. The General Manager will be an Ex-officio member of the Board.
Guyana has been exporting rice consistently for over 100 years. Pledging the Government’s support to the industry, Minster Holder told the packed-to-capacity convention centre that the Government will continue to make investments that are necessary and fully support the agricultural sector.
“We will not stop here. Together, we will ensure that more markets are tapped in to with a view to Guyana’s rice being available worldwide. I implore all millers and exporters to let us collate our efforts and to partner with the government to ensure that we focus on finding and sustaining markets. Together we can achieve this — and indeed it’s a long road ahead, but some good work is already under way,” he told the conference. [Extracted and modified from GINA]