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The GRDB was established in 1995, in pursuance of the Guyana Rice Development Board Act No. 15 of 1994.  The three entities that were controlling the state’s interests in the industry prior to the formation of GRDB were dissolved.  The roles of these entities – the Guyana Rice Export Board (GREB), Guyana Rice Milling & Marketing Authority (GRMMA) and the National Padi & Rice Grading Centre (NPRGC) have been usurped and are now pursued by GRDB.  The main objectives of the GRDB include.

a)    To develop the rice industry in Guyana and to promote the expansion of the export trade in the said industry;

b)    To establish facilities for the conduct of research, relating to rice and extending to rice farmers through an established system, the benefits derived from such research;

c)     To engage in such promotional and developmental activities which the Board deems necessary for the purpose of developing the rice industry.

 

Functions of the Quality Control Department

To achieve its main objectives, the Act has conferred on the Board, a number of statutory functions. Those relating to grading and which are carried out by the Quality Control Department are as follows:

 

Grade and certify the grades of all paddy received into or proposed to be delivered to a rice factory for milling.

Grade and certify the grades of all paddy and rice intended for sale in Guyana.

Grade and certify the grades of all paddy and rice intended for export.

To collect and make available to the rice industry relevant data relating to grading of paddy and rice.

To train persons to grade paddy or rice or both and to certify and license persons, who are in the opinion of the Board qualified to grade paddy or both.

Exercise and perform in relation to rice factories the functions, under the Factories Act, as defined in that Act.

To determine suitable types of packaging for sale in Guyana and for exportation of paddy and rice.

Lay down and maintain technical standards consistent with international classifications for grading paddy and rice.

Facilities

Four regional quality control laboratories are operational at the regional offices of GRDB. The Central reference laboratory is located at the Head Office in Georgetown.

 The Regional laboratories are located as follows:

Anna Regina                                                   Essequibo Coast, Region 2

Crane                                                            West Coast Demerara, Region 3

Burma                                                           East Coast Demerara, Region 5

Corriverton                                                 East Berbice, Region  6

 Staff

 

Technical staff positions are as follows:

1.    Manager – Quality Control – Responsible for the general operation of the department and reports to the General Manager.

a)    Regional Superintendent – manages the Regional office/laboratory in the areas of Quality Control and Extension and reports to the manager – Quality Control and Extension.

b)    Regional Supervisor – Supervises the Quality Control staff at the Regional office/laboratory.


c)    Grading Officers – Inspects shipping vessels and containers, samples, grade and certify rice and paddy. Conduct market surveys, fumigate shipping vessels and containers.

d)    Technical Assistants – fumigate shipping vessels and containers, sample and label samples for storage retention.


e)    Research Assistants – conduct post harvest research, implement and maintain the Quality system. Establish and maintain staff training schedule of the department, supervises document control. Deputises in the absence of the Regional Supervisor.




2.    Mill licencing

a)    This department supervises 74 mills operating countrywide with regards to milling operations and the quality of rice being produced.
A mill is issued a licence annually which expires on 31st December every year.

b)    There are basic criteria that have to be met before any new mill is established as stated below:

3.    A written application must be made to the General Manager for a permit to establish a mill (in triplicate).
This should be accompanied by:


a)    The building plans.
 
b)    The certificate of title, lease or any other document evidencing title or a right of occupancy of the land.

c)    An environmental permit from the Environmental Protection Agency.
 
4.    When the permit to establish the rice mill is obtained but before construction commences approval must be obtained from: 

a)    The Central Housing and Planning Authority.

b)    The Central Board of Health.

c)    The factories division of the Occupational Health and Safety Department.

d)    The department of fire service.



5.    Existing mills will have to meet the below conditions before their licence is renewed annually:


a)    Update business registration of the mills.
b)    Supply projection figures of paddy to be purchased in the licenced year
c)    Supply financial records of paddy purchased and payments made during the previous year establishing the fact that at least 95% of such payment have been made.
d)    The present operating condition of the mill is also evaluated

6.     Licence fees are charged annually as follows:-

a)    Milling capacity not exceeding 2 tons                                                -  $  50,000.00
b)    Milling capacity exceeding 2 tons but not exceeding 5 tons           -   $  80,000.00
c)    Milling capacity exceeding 5 tons but not exceeding 10 tons         -   $ 160,000.00
d)    Milling capacity exceeding 10 tons                                                   -   $ 200,000.00


7.     Licenced Graders:

a)    Licenced Graders at mills are supervised by the Manager – Quality Control and/or the Regional Superintendent in the Regional offices.

b)    These graders are trained and licenced on successful completion of training (competency test) and after a period of monitoring of their operations at their respective mills.

c)    A graders licence is valid for a period of two (2) years. A fee of $5,000 is charged before the licence is issued.

d)    The licence is also granted subject to the following conditions:-



i.    The holder of the licence shall keep proper records of the quantity and quality of all padi and rice graded and shall make that information available to the GRDB Quality Control or Extension staff on request.

ii.    The holder of the licence shall grade padi and rice, at all times, in accordance with the procedures set out in the Guyana Standard GYS 211:2002: Rice specifications, sampling, tests and analysis.

iii.    The holder of the licence shall ensure that moisture meters and scales used in the purchase of padi and rice are tested and calibrated before the commencement of each rice crop.

iv.    The holder of the licence shall comply with such other directions as are given to him from time to time by the General Manager of the Board with regards to the grading of padi and rice.

Regional Laboratories

General Functions

 

The Regional Laboratory will perform any or all of the functions of the Board in relation to padi and rice grading. These include, but are not limited to:

  1. Grading and certification of paddy or rice samples on request by millers, farmers and exporters/buyers.
  2. Store sealed samples of all certified parcels for a period of 14 days (non business days excluded).

a.    Data collection

b.    Provide technical advice to millers in the area of post harvest management.

c.    Inspecting and licencing of rice mills

d.    Standardisation of laboratory equipment.

e.     Monitoring of licenced graders at mills

f.     Certification of rice and padi for export and domestic consumption.

g.     Carrying out quarantine treatments on rice, paddy and rice by-products.

h.    Monitoring the trade of padi between farmers and millers to ensure that it is done in a fair and transparent manner.

i.    Work in collaboration with the GNBS to ensure that all scales used in the rice industry are verified and calibrated.

 

 

Central Reference Laboratory

General Functions

 

Grading for Appeal and Arbitration procedures,

Grading of rice and padi for export and domestic consumption.

Grading of submitted samples.

Store sealed samples of all certified parcels for a maximum of 14 days (excluding non-business days) after shipment or delivery.                               

Prepare guide samples for different grades of rice.

Auditing certified graders and regional laboratories.

Prepare laboratories for certification to the national laboratory standards.

Inspecting and licencing of rice mills.

Plan and conduct training courses on grading of padi and rice and warehouse management.

Carrying out quarantine treatments on rice, paddy and rice by-products.

 

The Guyana Rice Development Board

Certification of the Central Laboratory  

 

The Central laboratory of the Guyana Rice Development Board has been certified by the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) as conforming to the requirements for the GYS: 170:2009 Standard (General Requirements for the operation of a laboratory) on 8th July, 2011 Certification to the standard by Guyana National Bureau of Standards proves that the Central laboratory of Guyana Rice Development Board has implemented a Quality system meeting the requirements of the GYS:170:2009 Standard and this Management System implemented would  ensure that  test result issued are accurate, reliable and easily traceable to the Management System.  

The standard allows for information pertaining to the following (but is not limited to these alone)

  •    Development of policies and procedures in keeping with the standard

  •    Accurate reporting of test  results

  •   Staff training at all level to ensure competency  during operations especially sampling and testing

  •   Environmental conditions under which tests are conducted are maintained according to standard procedures/requirements

  •   Sampling methods utilized

  •   Accountability / Responsibility of staff performing job is maintained.

  •   Purchasing of services and supplies to meet procedure requirement

  •  The staff ‘s proficiency in using the equipment needed to conduct their work operations conform with each equipment’s Operating Procedures

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact:    Quality Control Manager
Dip Agri, (G.S.A.) Bsc Agri (U.G.)
Phone:    225-5792/ 623-6650

 

 

 

 
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