The Rice Producers Association/Action Committee (RPA/AC) yesterday said that operational breaches occurred when RPA General Secretary Dharamkumar Seeraj secured a $100M loan from the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB).According to co-Chair of the RPA/AC Jinnah Rahaman,China Jerseys
, the fact that a loan was ever approved constituted the first breach. Rahaman noted that the Board was not convened back in 2014 to make the decision.Rahaman, who was appointed as a Board Member of the GRDB in July of 2015, noted that the decision to approve the $100M was instead taken by former Agriculture Minister Dr. Leslie Ramsammy,Cheap NFL Jerseys
, former GRDB General Manager Jagnarine Singh and Seeraj,Cheap Jerseys From China
, who at the time was serving as Vice President of the GRDB.Rahaman also described it as a breach of RPA regulations for Seeraj to conduct the negotiations for the funds, as he would have had to receive the approval of the RPA council. He stated that Seeraj, as General Secretary, was an employee of the association and thus not a council official.In an interview with Kaieteur News on Friday,Wholesale China Jerseys
, Seeraj confirmed that the transaction had indeed occurred,Wholesale China Jerseys
, but stated that it came about through a collective decision between himself, Dr. Ramsammy and then GRDB General Manager Jagnarine Singh.The decision, according to the MP, was made in order to assist several farmers who had supplied paddy to the Ruimzeight Rice Processors Inc. but were still waiting to be paid.Seeraj said that the Quality Rice Co-op was formed in the mid-2013 by a group of farmers to sell their paddy.Seeraj stated that the farmers came to the RPA and after consultation with the Ministry of Agriculture and the GRDB, a decision was made to assist the aggrieved farmers with ‘part-payments’ (payments on a percentage basis), with emphasis on the smaller farmers.The RPA, Seeraj stated,Cheap NBA Jerseys China
, was thus used as an intermediary, with the expectation that the money would be repaid when the rice was shipped.He said that as the relationship between the millers and the farmers deteriorated, their situation was further compounded when GRDB’s quality control conducted tests last year and found that the rice being stored was of poor quality.