The Government this afternoon said it empathizes with the frustrations of the rice farmers who are still to be paid by millers for their rice and the government hopes that the rice millers can make arrangements to have outstanding amounts to rice farmers remitted to them at the earliest possible time.
According to a release from the Government Information Agency, 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
The Government is reiterating its call for millers in arrears to ensure they pay the farmers. Several rice farmers on Thursday launched protest action over the non payments.