Seeraj reports on Spring rice crop

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RICE Producers Association (RPA) General Secretary, Mr. Dharamkumar Seeraj has reported on the cultivation progress of the Spring Crop.
The rice producing areas are in Regions Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam), Three (Essequibo Islands/West Demerara), Four (Demerara/Mahaica), Five (Mahaica/Berbice) and Six (East Berbice/Corentyne).
Seeraj said Region Two has sown 12,000 hectares, Region Three 7,000 and Region Four 2,600.
He said Regions Five and Six are a little behind with sowing, as in Five, out of 32,000 hectares being cultivated, only 13,300 have been sown and in Six, of the 20,000 hectares, 11,500 were sown, to date.
Seeraj said there was some loss in Region Two, due to substantial rainfall which caused flooding.
However, he said the weather conditions have improved and will allow for the preparation of access dams and other works.
Seeraj said the price trends are looking favourable and planters are anticipating the receipt of good payment for the paddy produced and for which there is demand.
He said efforts will continue to improve on the partnership with Venezuela, the rice sector’s most recent partner.
Seeraj said an arrangement with Brazilians is also being pursued, the production target for the 2011 harvest being four million bags of paddy from approximately 78,000 hectares.