Achievement of unprecedented production levels has marked 2013 as a highly-successful year for the Rice Industry, with production and exports surpassing the budgeted amount. Production for the year is recorded as 535,555 mt of rice – 30% above the budgeted amount of 413,031 mt. The 2013 production represents a 27% increase over the 422,058 mt produced in 2012. This is the first time in history that Guyana’s Rice Industry has surpassed half a million tons in the volume of rice produced, which is a superlative achievement, considering the many inhibitory factors impeding rice farmers – not least the variables in weather patterns caused by the climate change phenomenon; and Government needs to be commended for the facilitation and support it
has provided to the industry through its various arms.