An example of the conditions under which rice has to grow– over 1000 acres under rice cultivation– NICIL mum on terms of leasesLand from the Wales sugar estate, one of several estates that Government has moved to privatise, has been snapped up by local and overseas farmers, with over a thousand acres of that land now under rice cultivation.This was revealed by the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) on Monday. According to NICIL Special Purpose Unit (SPU) head, Colvin Heath-London, his unit’s diversification team has been coordinating this process.“In terms of the divestment at Wales, the diversification team at the SPU, which is managed by Mr. Fitz McLean, has been able to enter into arrangements with several small, medium and large (scale) farmers, most of (whom) are (of) Guyanese origin. Several of the large farmers come from the region and internationally, and work is ongoing in this field,” Heath-London said.He revealed that these foreign farmers hail from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and as far away as the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. These farmers, he noted, are mostly interested in cultivating rice. To do this, however, sugar cane fields have to be converted into the swampy, semi aquatic conditions needed for rice to grow.“The predominant crop that these farmers want to put into production is rice. Presently, we have over a 1000 acres under rice cultivation, and those farmers who have successfully been given leases are presently doing land conversion to plant their crops,” he revealed.In December 2016, Wales became the first estate to be closed as part of Government’s drive to downsize the sugar industry. Other Estates closed were Skeldon, Enmore and Rose Hall, all of which were re-opened in order to be privatised.With the closure of Wales, more than 300 workers were dismissed and were either paid their severance or given employment at the Uitvlugt estate. However, workers had to head to court in order to get a ruling ordering GuySuCo to pay their severance.In March of last year, NICIL put on the market thousands of acres of land from Wales, as well as machinery from various estates. In a notice from NICIL’s SPU, it was indicated that bids were being sought for the purchase of lots One to 12 and lots 14 straight to 31 of Plantation Wales, West Bank Demerara.The land in question is situated along the eastern and western sides of the West Bank Demerara public road, and bidders can vie for as many of the lots on sale as they want. Noting that they are not bound to accept the highest or any particular bid, the unit warned in their notice that tenders must be received by March 16, 2018.GuySuCo, one of the largest landowners in Guyana, has for some time been bogged down by billions of dollars in debt. The current Government has been engaged in divesting the Corporation’s assets, putting the SPU in charge of this process and procuring international consultant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) to valuate GuySuCo’s assets.In another notice, NICIL had also invited Expressions of Interest (EoI) from bidders desirous of purchasing scrap metal and equipment. The notice had made clear that bidders were only being sought to export the scrap metal and equipment from the Skeldon, Albion, Rose Hall, Blairmont, Enmore, Wales and Uitvlugt estates.Wales Sugar Estate
It was supposed to be the biggest week of the season for Valencia High’s boys’ tennis team. It will wind up being just another week of practice for the Vikings (8-3 overall, 3-0 Foothill League). “Here we are with no matches this week after playing three and four a week,” Valencia coach Annie Kellogg said. “Guess you (can) tell I’m a little frustrated here.” Tuesday’s match with visiting Hart (6-1, 3-0) was rained out, and the Indians weren’t able to reschedule the first-place showdown until Monday. The Vikings also had an important match against longtime rival Burbank scheduled for today, but Bulldogs coach Paul McNiff informed Kellogg that several of his players are leaving early for a spring-break field trip and would be unable to compete. Kellogg rescheduled that match for April 19, in between previously scheduled matches with Burroughs of Burbank and Saugus. “We’re pumped and ready,” Kellogg said. “Oh, well, (there) must be a reason.” Valencia had shared or won the league title outright for three consecutive years before Hart went undefeated in league last season en route to its first championship since 1987. March madness: Valencia experienced its own version of the Final Four on Saturday, defeating West Torrance and North Torrance to win the fifth annual CIF-Southern California Tennis Association First-Serve Tournament title at West Torrance High. In the semifinals against West Torrance, victories by Steven Novak/Kevin Song and Chip Myers/Michael Stewart gave Valencia two important points in doubles. Jack Zapala’s victory in singles gave the Vikings a 3-2 lead. Andrew DeGiorgio came through with an 8-6 victory at No. 3 singles in the final set to ensure Valencia advanced to the finals of the 10-team event. The Vikings, who defeated Mayfair of Lakewood, Westchester and West Torrance’s “B” team in pool play on March 18, received a singles sweep from Zapala, DeGirogio and Ryan Lassila and added two doubles victories to defeat North Torrance in the final. Novak and Song capped the match by twice rallying from three-game deficits to win 7-5. The title was Valencia’s first in a tournament this season. The Vikings finished third in their Spring Smash on March 18 after Kellogg split the squad to compete in both events. Too much Taotao: Hart senior Matthew Taotao, the defending league singles champion, continued his dominance of Foothill opponents in Thursday’s victory over Burroughs. Taotao hasn’t dropped a set to a Foothill opponent since the semifinals of the 2004 league tournament, when he lost 6-1, 6-2 to Burbank’s Haig Kassabian. Taotao has dropped only one set in match play this season, losing to Glendale’s Mike Youn in a 10-8 Hart setback March 8. Taotao won four pro-sets, including an 8-3 victory over Camarillo’s Greg Punsalan, to capture the title at Valencia’s Spring Smash. Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 email@example.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!