A $21 million contract has been awarded to Manohar Service for the construction of a laboratory at the Burma Rice Research Station on the East Coast of Demerara.
The contract was signed Wednesday at the Ministry of Agriculture.
The Research Station, run by the Guyana Rice Development Board, is currently operating without a laboratory.
The laboratory will facilitate the development of value-added products from local rice varieties and perform sensory evaluation of new products.
The laboratory will also allow for microbial analyses, determine shelf-life and test quality parameters of rice and rice-based products.
The lab will also serve as a centre for the provision of marketing analyses and processing technologies for potential investors.