Suriname rice farmers still awaiting

(de Ware Tijd) PARAMARIBO – Rice farmers will have to make do without the promised SRD 3.2 million in aid by the government. ‘It all depends on the decision by the Council of Ministers. If they give a positive signal we have to find the financial means because they are not in the budget. The stakeholders just have to be patient,’ permanent secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture (LVV) Gerrit Breinburg says.
There are serious doubts on the height of the sum. ‘Let me point out that LVV never promised subsidy, so we are not aware of a sum’, Breinburg explains in order to emphasize that the promises were made by the rice organ chaired by national rice coordinator Badrisein Sital. ‘The only task we took upon us was to check how the subsidy should be channeled to the farmers.’ Sital and LVV Minister Hendrik Setrowidjojo have been at loggerheads over the matter, trashing each other in the media regularly.
Although Sital still has high hopes, he is a bit disappointed. ‘There is no unity in the sector. Only when all stakeholders in the sector and in the government are on the same level we will be able to revive the sector.’ Sital admits that the promised higher yields and exports have not materialized, but he blames this on dissension and political influences. The rice official emphasizes that there should be no doubt about whether the SRD 3.2 million should be granted to the sector.
Currently Surinamese rice is more expensive than that of competitors Guyana and the USA, which could lead to a drop in turnover of US$ 5 million. Sital argues that the competitors are guaranteed government subsidies in order to sell at a lower price. Still Sital is not losing faith. ‘We produce more per hectare than the Guyanese. We fail to sow in more, but the quality of our rice is still among the best.’ He hopes that every stakeholder in the sector will use this as an incentive in the years ahead. ‘It isn’t lack of money, but simply the lack of good coordination. We fail to see that we are all working towards the same goal to integrate policy,’ the official says.

More in Archives


About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning:

Most Read This Week

  1. Fast food lovers inside KFC yesterday

    KFC back in business

  2. Bibi Shareema (left) and her mother Bibi Shameela in
happier times

    Greenwich Park woman died 44 days after brutally stabbed by ex-partner

  3. Ameer Abdool Subrati

    Man dies after bandits target overseas-based couple at Herstelling

  4. Updated: Man dies after bandits attack overseas-based Guyanese at Herstelling

  5. The building housing the home and grocery

    Bandits invade Alness businessman’s house, shots fired

  6. Barry Dataram

    Datarams getaway passports had been issued to other people

  7. Alimudeen Gobin’s demolished house

    Violent storm lashes No. 19 Village

  8. Bharrat Jagdeo

    Crime has never been this bad – Jagdeo

  9. The ganja found in Prashad Nagar (Police photo)

    Police find 52 lbs of ganja in Prashad Nagar house

Recommended For You