Rice Farmers stage protest at Anna Regina; demand Gov’t intervention for payments

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Rice Farmers protesting in front the GRDB's office at Anna Regina,Essequibo Coast.
Rice Farmers protesting in front the GRDB’s office at Anna Regina,Essequibo Coast.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Rice Producers Association [RPA] has staged a protest in Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast in front the Guyana Rice Development Board [GRDB] office on Thursday morning (September 03), demanding government’s intervention into payments for rice farmers on the Essequibo Coast.

The protest, which included more than fifty rice farmers, was held in a peaceful manner on the public road.

Farmers were armed with placards that read “RPA want government to explain the loss of the Venezuela market”; “RPA demands the removal of all dishonest people from GRDB “; “RPA says do not cripple the hands that feeds the nation…Rice too big to go”; “RPA demands $23B allocated in budget speech be made available to pay farmers”; “RPA demands government intervention into payments for farmers”, among others.

The protesters walked from the GRDB’s office to the Regional Democratic council office several times calling for prompt payments and markets for their paddy which will be harvested within a next few weeks.

The RPA said the protest will continue over the coming weeks if the demands for farmers are not met as harvesting of more than 37,000 acres with rice intensifies.

Paddy production for the crop is expected to surpass 1.5 million bags. Some farmers said they have not received payments for their paddy sold several months ago. According to the farmers, the situation with prices and payments for paddy is a very serious issue in the Region and they are looking forward to the government’s intervention.

5 COMMENTS

  1. NAITRAM, THE NAKED, WOULD NOT PROTEST BECAUSE HE DOES NOT PLANT RICE ANYMORE. HE GOT A POSITION AS A BOARD MEMBER OF GRDB THROUGH HIS SINGULAR ACT OF SKINNING HIS FRONT AGAINST THE PPP/C.

  2. THE US WILL NOT ONE GRAM OF RICE FROM GUYANA. WHY WOULD A CONTRY THAT EXPORTS A HUGE AMOUNT OF RICE , BUY RICE FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY ?

  3. Why not go in front of Imam Bacchus factory and protest,he was fooling the people in essequibo that the Apnu/Afc have the best plan for the rice farmers,he was telling them they will get between 6 and 9 thousand per bag,what happen now?these farmers are mostly PPP supporters/Indians so they will have to suffer now,

  4. Let the man strip naked now and show this government his privates like he done against PPP/C. You want more money for your produce you vote for what you were told so live with it now. Many of you areold enough to know PNC track record. The US masters says they will take your rice but will never tell you at what price. Granger and PNC banking on the huge oil find which again is run by the US master. Pretty soon Granger will have to tell the nation how much he getting per gallon while barrels upon barrells will not be accounted for. Too man Guyanese left the shores of Guyana to not know this is all about US and US only and to hell with Guyanese,.

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