President lauds rice farmers for their contributions to the economy

Georgetown, GINA, December 21, 2013


President Donald Ramotar on Friday acknowledged the significant contributions of rice farmers to Guyana’s economy, and called on them for their support to ensure much more happens in 2014.

Guyana recorded its highest ever rice production in 2013, netting 530,000 tonnes.

President Donald Ramotar and Minister of Culture Youth and Sport Dr. Frank Anthony listen as rice farmers unwind during their Christmas party

Speaking to the farmers during a Christmas party organised by the Rice Producers Association (RPA), at Crane, West Coast Demerara, President Ramotar observed that things are not smooth and easy with projects always being stopped for one reason or the other.


Pointing to cuts of the national budget earlier this year, he reminded that they affected major development programmes for the country such as the Specialty Hospital, the Cheddi Jagan International Airport expansion and the Amaila Falls Hydro Power Project. The President noted that the Amaila Falls project would have alleviated electricity problems in Guyana, in addition to attracting investment, and creating employment for Guyanese.

Showing his moves, President Donald Ramotar cuts the barriers at the party hosted by the Rice Producers Association


“Only recently, the Anti Money Laundering Bill which targets drug trafficking and people profiting from illegal money, again the opposition opposed it… I know that it is putting our country in great danger and carrying up the cost in doing business in Guyana,” the President stated.

President Donald Ramotar delivers his Christmas message to rice farmers during their Christmas party


He appealed to the rice farmers for their support to carry on and pull the country forward.


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