Several farmers on the Essequibo Coast are severely grieved at this point, after hundreds of thousands of dollars in sucker plants belonging to them, were recently destroyed. These residents who farm on the east side of Riverstown, Essequibo Coast, are claiming that their crops were destroyed to facilitate a government project.
Though the nature of the project remains unclear at this time, Farmers are claiming that in order to execute the work, more than 100 plantain suckers were destroyed.
Residents are also claiming that the project is done on their private lands, where they do farming as a source of livelihood.
Kaieteur News understands that some of the slashed sucker plants were already at bearing stages. One farmer said, “This thing really frustrating to me because this is me livelihood. Nobody gonna compensate me… One bunch of planting is $3000… 3000 x 200 suckers is $600,000 for me.”
According to residents no engineer or technical staff was seen monitoring the project. This is the major reason why the project is of a very poor quality, they said.
The Regional Democratic Council [RDC], on the other hand, is dissatisfied with Ministry of Infrastructure Project. The Regional Chairman along with RDC Councilors, recently conducted an outreach in the area, where it was observed that several bearing plantain suckers were thrown on the ground. Chairman of the RDC, Devenand Ramdatt, in a statement to this publication added, “The RDC is again registering its dissatisfaction that: – residents were not consulted prior to the design and implementation of the project. – The RDC, NDCs and residents were not provided with project details and Bills of Quantities.”
Ramdatt note that the RDC will be pursuing this matter with the Ministry of Public Infrastructure; based on initial reports these residents were grossly disrespected.
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