[www.inewsguyana.com] – Rice farmers on the Essequibo Coast have again taken to the streets protesting the low prices that they are currently being offered for their produce by the rice millers in the industry.
The large group of farmers who gathered outside of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) on Wednesday were addressed by Guyana Rice Producers Association General Secretary Dharamkumar Seeraj, who told them of an impending crisis in the sector.
Seeraj, a Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) Parliamentarian, told farmers that they are in trouble and nobody is looking out for them adding that there will be many sleepless nights for farmers, especially those that owes the bank.
He also told farmers that the seriousness of the rice industry will hit home around mid-October since the industry cannot clear expense at $2,000 per a bag of paddy.
He said if the prices cannot be increase significantly then farmers will not be able to go back to the land.
The General Secretary of the RPA called for concessions on fuel, lubricants, fertilizer and spare parts and for the government to intervene.
He told farmers that the prices currently being offered by millers are unrealistic. Seeraj promised that the picketing exercise will move to Georgetown and it will be more dramatic.