The Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) says it will be exporting approximately 7,500 tonnes of white rice to Cuba.
General Manager of the GRDB, Allison Peters who visited the Muneshwar’s Wharf yesterday as the rice was being loaded, said that it has been close to two decades since rice was exported to the Spanish speaking Caribbean island.
“This is the first shipment to Cuba since 1999 when the MARDS rice milling group sent about 400 tonnes of white rice to Cuba at a price of US$345 per tonne”, Peters said.
Representative of the Cuban firm ALIMPORT, Reynaldo Aguirre Labora, who is purchasing the rice on behalf of the government of Cuba, said that there has always been the need for quality rice to be sourced.
This consignment follows the first shipment of rice to Mexico in July 2017, even as more markets continue to be sought for the export of seed paddy and rice in the near future.