However, chairman of the board responsible for HYTA, Andreas Chrysanthou told the Cyprus Mail that its "business as usual" at the site.
In Peyia, house collection of waste in the coastal areas for transport to the HYTA facility was privatised a number of years ago, and subsequently costs were slashed, said Leblanc.
Agriculture Undersecretary Antonio Fleta, who heads the DAs national rice program, said the HYTA program expects high yielding seeds to be planted in more than 560,000 hectares of rice fields all over the country.
The HYTA program will help the country attain the 622,000-metric-ton palay production target for 2015, and more than 1 million MT palay for 2016," Fleta said in a statement.
Phedonos went on to slam the HYTA board for not terminating its contract with Helector, pointing out that as a result the municipalities served by the Marathounda landfill continue to be overcharged for waste processing.
In the wake of the police investigation, the plan was for the HYTA board to directly take over the running of the landfill; this has not happened yet.
It seemed as if the problems plaguing HYTA
had been resolved as a deal was struck which meant that gate fees have now been decreased at the landfill and as of January 15, MSW (municipal solid waste) is now charged at e1/416 euros per tonne, over one third of a saving on charges a year ago.
Chrysanthou stressed that the initial budget figure was on a projection basis and that in May, HYTA
can submit a revised budget.