Shabna Rahman

Wales vendors taking licks

-following closure of estate

Harry, a vegetable vendor at the Friday market at Wales, West Bank Demerara takes up his spot early even though business has dwindled, so he can please his few customers.

Less rice being planted as farmers exit industry

– rice producers’ body president

With the price for paddy remaining below $3,000 per bag for the past two years, President of the Rice Producers’ Association (RPA) Leekha Rambrich says less land is being planted and more farmers are “falling out” of the industry.

Wales sugar workers protest outside Parliament for severance

-families say they are in dire situation

Cane-cutters and cane transporters of the Wales estate and their families and workers from the Enmore estate yesterday staged picketing exercises in front of the Ministry of the Presidency and Parliament building over severance payments and the end of sugar operations at the West Bank Demerara estate.

D’Urban Park debts allocated $500m in budget

-gov’t comes under fire from PPP/C

Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson came under fire yesterday in the National Assembly after it was discovered that $500M was allocated to his ministry to pay off debts for the controversial D’Urban Park Development Project (DPDP) and the private company which mobilized cash and kind for it.

Gaskin says time to get serious about coconuts

While saying the coconut industry can potentially increase foreign currency earnings through the export of its myriad products, Minister of Business Dominic Gaskin yesterday stressed that now is the time to get serious about the “miracle fruit.” He made these remarks at the opening ceremony for the Guyana Coconut Festival, which was held at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre at Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara last evening.