Monday October 9:
Government to ensure reactivation of drainage reserve at Providence
Government will be taking steps to initiate action against persons occupying and utilising culverts, causing damage and blockage of drainage systems.
This is according to Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, other Crops and Livestock, Robert Persaud, who visited Providence, East Bank Demerara today, following reports from residents and the business community, of a blocked drainage reserve/trench.
Sunday October 8:
Agriculture Minister meets Wakenaam rice farmers
Minister of Agriculture Robert Persaud told Wakenaam farmers yesterday that Government is supporting them in their effort to retrieve monies owed to them by the Alesie Group of Companies for the previous rice crop – even if it means taking Alesie to Court.
Agri Ministry threatens action for breach of Rice Factories Act
Rice millers and farmers can be prosecuted for agreeing to any condition that is not in adherence to the Rice Factories Act. This is according to a release from the Ministry of Agriculture.
The Rice Factories Act states that ‘No person shall sell, purchase or receive paddy for the manufacture of rice except at a price calculated on a bag of 143 pounds net or such other weight as may be prescribed by the Minister by order.’
Saturday October 7:
CARICOM Agri. Ministers resuscitate Jagdeo Initiative
Governments of the Caribbean States have agreed that there is need for more focus to be placed on the constraints facing agriculture in the region. This is according to Minister of Agriculture Robert Persaud, who recently returned from the conference of Caribbean Agriculture Ministers, which was held in The Bahamas.