Agri. Sector awards $381M in contracts
- Min. Persaud warns contractors of being blacklisted
The public signing for ten contracts worth $381M under the Agricultural Diversification Project was done yesterday, even as Agriculture Minister Robert Persaud revealed that some of the projects had already begun.
While he did not specify which, Minister Persaud stated that some of the contracts had already been signed. He explained that the formal documentation is now being completed, and this was done publicly along with the signing of the others, in the issue of transparency.
The Minister reiterated a previous statement that the project documents for the 10 contracts that were signed yesterday are available for public scrutiny at the Ministry of Agriculture. “They can be copied and are available to any member of the public for perusal and monitoring of the projects themselves.”
The first four engineering projects total $321.7M and are shared by three contractors.
DIPCON Engineering Services Limited has been awarded a six-month contract worth $74.7M, for the construction of an access asphalt concrete road and a reinforced concrete bridge at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara.
These are intended to lead to new Genetic and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories and an Aquaculture station.
Alvin Chowramootoo Construction Services will undertake a $57.5M over a four-month period on the rehabilitation of the Guyana Livestock Development Board Building; and a further $27.9M contract on the rehabilitation of the NDIA office at Lusignan.
Harrychand Tulsi has a ten-month period in which to do repairs and rehabilitation works to the Golden Grove, Craig Milne/Victoria and Cane Grove Electrical Pump Stations, at a cost of $161.4M.
This project will see a new set of pump control panels at Golden Grove and Victoria stations, and the installation of new electrical arrangements at the Greenfield building pumping stations.
The other projects will see Farm Supplies (Guy) supplying a mechanical seed dryer to the Burma Rice Research Station at a cost of $15.8M. Western Scientific Company of Trinidad will receive $18.7M for the supply and delivery of inspection equipment for the Food and Drugs Department and the Veterinary Public Health Unit.
These two departments will also receive the same items from IPA Health Care Guyana at a cost of $12.1M.
IPA Healthcare will also receive a further $5M for the supply and delivery of furniture for Working Groups, and FDD Inspectorate Office and Laboratories.
CCS Guyana Ltd. will supply, deliver and install one multi-media projector and six photocopy machines at a total cost of $7.3M. It has not been stated where these pieces of equipment will go.
Meanwhile, Minster Persaud explained that the Ministry will be ‘blacklisting’ contractors who are found wanting, and has already begun to do so.
Stating that the Ministry has had mixed experiences with contractors, he added that they have to constantly ensure that goods are delivered and they get quality service.
The Minister stated that Cabinet has discussed the decision to blacklist those contractors who do not perform, as well as those who interfere with the system. “We have had contractors who have tried to derail the process through bribes and incentives… Any contractor who makes an offer will be blacklisted… the staff member will be dealt with,” Minister Persaud declared.
He added that in several instances action has already been taken and there is the intention to follow up some matters with the police.
He urged contractors to fulfil whatever was agreed upon.