Guyana is exploring possibilities of entering the Venezuelan rice market as there is a shortage of paddy in that country.
Yesterday, a Guyanese delegation visited Venezuela’s Commercial Officer to Guyana, Victor Andrade, to discuss the proposal.
During the meeting, which occurred at the Venezuelan Embassy, it was proposed that Guyana has the capacity for the immediate export of international quality rice and paddy to Venezuela.
This newspaper was told that as part of the proposal it was suggested that the maximum capacity per shipment that Guyana can offer is not in excess of 3,500 metric tonnes because of the river draught.
It was also recommend, this newspaper was told, that Guyana is favourable to conduct export through the government of Venezuela or directly to state trading agencies and private importers.
The Guyana rice sector is proposing that a longer-term technical co-operation memorandum be developed between both countries, Kaieteur News learnt.
The suggestion of exporting rice to Venezuela was recommended by Doerga Persaud, a miller on the West Coast Demerara.
He made the suggestion during a meeting with Agriculture Minister, Robert Persaud and local rice millers on Monday last.
Guyana has been seeking new export markets for rice since last year.
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