The Guyana government on Thursday called on several rice millers to pay up all monies owed to rice farmers.
Rice millers can be prosecuted if they do not pay up.
In recent months, rice millers and farmers have been bracing themselves for the gradual phasing out of the lucrative Venezuelan rice market.
Following is the full text of the government’s statement:
The Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana empathises with the frustrations of the rice farmers and hopes that the rice millers can make arrangements to have outstanding amounts to rice farmers remitted to them at the earliest possible time. Consultations with the Guyana Rice Development Board on the issue of payment to Region 2 rice farmers by rice millers have resulted in the following information being made available.
PAYMENT UPDATE BY MILLERS TO FARMERS FOR SPRING CROP 2015 – REGION 2
MILLERS WHO HAVE COMPLETED PAYMENT TO FARMERS IN FULL
1. Arnold Sankar
2. Roopan Ramotar
3. Golden Fleece Rice Inc
4. Imam Bacchus
5. Vincent Persaud
6. Caricom Rice Mills Ltd
MILLERS WITH OUTSTANDING PAYMENTS TO FARMERS
1. Wazeer Hussein (Dry Shore/KSCL) – $285,360,540
2. Ramesh Ramlakhan (Ex-mouth) – $156,584,455
3. Deonarine (Evergreen) – $135,000,000
4. Old Mac Guyana Inc. – $28,300,000
5. La Resource Rice Industry – $27,600,000
Government is reiterating its call for millers in arrears to settle their outstanding debts to farmers who have supplied them with paddy for processing.