A Guyanese rice field. (Photo: Guyana Rice Development Board)

Guyana reports ‘astronomical jump’ in rice exports

A Guyanese rice field. (Photo: Guyana Rice Development Board)

The Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) has reported a 13 per cent increase in rice exports between January and May 2020 when compared to the same period last year, according to GRDB General Manager Nizam Hassan.

Guyana Rice Development Board General Manager Nizam Hassan (Photo: Department of Public Information Guyana)

“We have done 242,812 tons of export valued at US$99 million compared to 215,330 tons valued at US$87 million for the corresponding period in 2019,” he stated.

Hassan added that there has been an increase in the export of packaged rice, which indicates greater sale of retail-ready packaged rice.

“With regards to Packaged Parboiled Rice, we have exported 3,705 tons in 2019 compared to 5,535 tons in 2020 and with regards to Packaged White Rice, which has shown an astronomical jump, it has moved from 6,316 tons in 2019 to 47,484 tons in 2020,” Hassan said.

Rice farmers examine paddy stalks in a rice field at Mahaicony in Guyana
(Photo: Guyana Chronicle)

Rice production has been on a steady upward trajectory over the last few years.

According to a report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, “The improvement of extension services of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) and the expansion of Public Agricultural Investments supported crop yields.”

The GRDB expects that Guyana’s annual production will increase for the fourth-consecutive year and reach 1.1 million tonnes, approximately 15 per cent higher than the five-year average.