Yesterday, the Minister of Agriculture Gaspar Vega and senior officials from his ministry met with rice producers over the possible threat of Guyanese imported rice into the country. According to a press release, at the end of the meeting, the ministry and rice producers agreed on a “draft revised Standards for Rice”. The release says that, quote, “discussion commenced for a reduction of the price of rice to consumers with…emphasis on a reduced price for a more affordable grade of rice.” They also agreed that all rice sold locally must have packaging which states the origin of the rice, the weight and the grade. This new packaging will specify local from imported rice so that consumers can make an informed decision when purchasing rice. This will go into effect within two months while the new price structure should be finalized within a month.