Now that this topic veered off in another direction, I may add that most small farmers who Storm is talking about are renting to "Mega" Rice Farmers who rent the land from these small farmers. This has been happening of very long time and Storm has been off the loop on this one.
The cost of producing rice is quite high compared to other countries.
Production cost has to come down and value added products must be introduced for the industry to survive and compete.
Farmers were kicking and screaming and one AFC rice farmer stripped naked as he protested against the PPP.
Well, the truth is out and he has to face reality. It was not the PPP but the Rice Industry itself has to compete by reducing cost and introducing value added products.
I honestly do not have any sympathy for some of these "Mega" Rice farmers who delay rent payment for large amounts of rented lands from smaller farmers while they make millions.
I know of one AFC farmer on the corentyne (Feda) (He also calls himself Joe Persaud) who rents large amounts of land and enjoyed the high prices while the PPP was in office. He now holds Katahar and is now crying about depressed prices and regret voting AFC.
The reality is not that the PPP or PNC is at fault. The reality is the current market conditions for rice and it is not favourable.
There has to be some injection of short term assistance for farmers with attached condition for Farmers to adjust, reduce cost and the introduction of value added products.
That is the reality. Adhere to it or the Rice industry dies.
Let us be fair here, the bauxite industry literally died and bauxite workers bore the brunt of this failure.
What is good for the goose is good for the Gander.
Who Vex, Vex.