– vegetation sprouting again in already cleaned areas
Staffers from the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) have been contracted to apply herbicides in the Le Repentir Cemetery, as part of the $100M project to clean the area.
Kaieteur News was told that Caribbean Chemicals Limited is supplying the herbicides and an agronomist from the company, Martin Lopez, has been retained by the Ministry of Local Government.
Lopez believes that this will be more cost effective than hiring workers to clear the vegetation and to prevent its re-growth.
While prison inmates and contract workers have cleared away much of the vegetation, hundreds of tree stumps remained in already-cleared areas.
Minister of Local Government Norman Whittaker told Kaieteur News that the workers were forced to leave several tree stumps intact, since uprooting them would have resulted in erosion and damage to some tombs.
But Mr. Lopez said that the herbicides would cause the stumps to rot and they can be eventually removed without damaging tombs or causing erosion.
In addition, he suggested that herbicides could be sprayed in the site occasionally to prevent the re-growth of unsightly vegetation.
“This is much more cost-effective than trying to uproot the stumps (and running the risk of damaging the tombs),” Lopez said.
With the rainy season approaching, this project will have to begin sooner rather than later, since vegetation has begun to sprout again.
In August, the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development contracted the Guyana Prison Service and Jeffery Jones Construction to clean the cemetery. Under the $100M ‘Clean-Up My Country’ programme, the cemetery’s access roads will also be rehabilitated and drains de-silted.
The first phase of the clean-up commenced on August 4, where the Guyana Beekeeping Association removed several hives from the cemetery.
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