HARVESTING of the current Spring crop in Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne) is nearing completion, Rice Producers Association
(RPA) President, Mr Leekah Rambrich
reported this week.He
said, so far, paddy has been reaped from 34,500 acres of the 36,600 acres sown but the present inclement weather is stalling the pace.Rambrich
said late payment to farmers by some overseas based companies, whose debts date back to the last harvest, is another factor affecting the production process.
According to him, up to now, the Region has netted about 950,000 bags of the grain, with an average yield of 27.8 per acre.Rambrich
disclosed that, although five per cent of the cultivation was affected by bugs, the grades recorded were between 'B' and 'C' and prices being paid for paddy range from $1,000 to $1,100 per bag.He
said 350 acres were lost at Black Bush Polder, Number 36 Village and in other Central Corentyne frontland areas.Rambrich
also blamed the loss on continuing conflict between cattle rearers and rice farmers, inadequate irrigation earlier in the season and the recent heavy seasonal downpours that resulted in flooding at Letter Kenny.