The Guyana Rice Development Board and the Foundation for Rice Research in Suriname have agreed that the Burma Rice Research Station will provide technical support to conduct specific research and training projects that will benefit the industry for both countries.
This comes in the light of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between Guyana and Suriname.
In the MOU, which was signed by Guyana’s Minister of Agriculture Robert Persaud and his Surinamese counterpart Karamchand Ragoebarsingh on Monday, it was agreed that Burma will develop ways to improve the processing system in Guyana.
It was also agreed that socio-cultural studies and environmental impact assessments will be conducted to ensure that the results will contribute to the long-term viability of the industry.
The Burma Rice Research Station will commence and undertake regional and international market studies that will inform the countries on strategies for long-term marketing.
The agreement will see the charactering of rice production and marketing systems in Guyana, which will facilitate the diagnosis of problem areas and point to areas that will impact on the sustainability of the industry.
The designing and maintenance of a rice database of contacts and products for use by the industry personnel was also agreed to in the MOU.
According to the MOU signed, Burma will facilitate a process of product development and product diversification as a means of adding value to rice products and to promote diversification of the rice industry.
The provision of opportunities through the Burma Rice Research Station for training and exchanges locally, regionally and internationally for farmers, technicians and scientists was included in the agreement.
The specific areas that will benefit both countries and which will be reviewed at joint seasonal meetings are communications, improved technology and grading systems among others.
On the other hand, the Surinamese counterparts have agreed to either directly or through ADRON Rice Research Institute in Nickerie, provide technical support to conduct specific research and training projects that will benefit the industry for both countries.
In this regard, the countries have decided develop ways to improve the processing systems in Suriname.
Suriname has agreed to provide opportunities through ADRON for training and exchanges locally, regionally and internationally for farmers, technicians and scientists.
Both parties mutually agree that the present agreement establishes the basis for the implementation of successive programmes, while at the same time start the sharing of germplasm and technology.
This will be done according to mutually accepted rules governing the safe transfer of such materials and/or technologies.
The hosting and sharing of personnel in critical areas such as breeding pathology, entomology, soil and plant studies, technology transfer and other related technical achievements was also agreed.
According to the MOU, the agreement between Guyana and Suriname may be amended at any time by mutual consent and can be terminated by either party by 24 months within notice.
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