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– Agri Minister RamsammyMore than 5,000 tonnes of rice was loaded at the John Fernandes Wharf  on Saturday, for shipment to Venezuela, as Guyana continues to export this major resource in exchange of the $160M debt owed to Venezuela for oil.Kaieteur News understands that rice export for the year so far has exceeded 277,Jeff Bagwell Astros Jersey,000 tonnes and has earned Guyana more than $US157M. At the moment Venezuela is the largest imported of rice produced by Guyana.Minister of Agriculture,Andre Reed Bills Throwback Jersey, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy said that he is optimistic that rice will be “even bigger” in terms of production and export earnings in 2011.“Guyana has already shipped more than 153,000 metric tons of rice to Venezuela for 2011. I believe that Guyana must continue to encourage and build this new market. I will work personally with my counterparts in Venezuela, the Guyana Rice Development Board, the Rice Producers Association and rice millers and farmers to ensure the Venezuela market grows and become well entrenched,” said Minister Ramsammy.It was reported that Venezuela has imported the largest amount, and with this latest shipment, the country would have bought almost 160,Steve Grogan Patriots Jersey,000 tons of rice from Guyana.Other importing countries include Jamaica and Trinidad and the European Union (EU).Jamaica has imported almost 46,Nolan Ryan Astros Jersey,000 tonnes, Trinidad more than 20,000 tonnes,Charles Barkley USA Jersey, while the EU has imported almost 50,Takkarist McKinley Jersey,000 tonnes of Guyana rice for this year so far.“Guyana produced more than 400,000 tons of rice in 2010 and is on track to surpassing this amount in 2011. In 2011, Guyana earned more than $US154M in rice export. So far for 2011, Guyana has earned more than $US157M, and this year is likely to be a record setting year for rice earnings.”Presently, the Ministry of Agriculture is working with all stakeholders to encourage and promote rice cultivation during this crop season, meanwhile Minister Ramsammy is working with the relevant authorities to ensure conditions are appropriate to allow rice farmers to complete land preparation and to begin the sowing exercise.For Region Two, expenditure in excess of $3M for fuel for the Dawa pump in Essequibo, to pump water into the irrigation system in order to compensate for the low rainfall levels in this region, has already been authorized.Meanwhile, Minister Ramsammy has already authorized the cleaning of important canals for irrigation purposes in Region Three.(Kristen Macklingam)
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