– dirt left on roadways by agriculture machinery one of the major issues raised
Farmers in Region Five were warned and given possible solutions by ‘B’ Division’s law enforcement team and the Regional Executive Officer , about the mud trails left behind on the public road from their agriculture machinery exiting the farmlands.
The comments and solutions came at a recent meeting at the Region Five boardroom with REO Ovid Morrison, and the Commander of B Division, Assistant Commissioner Clifton Hicken, along with his team of senior officers.
Morrison asserted that while he supports the economic development in the Region there has been neglect on the part of responsible citizens by failing to ensure that when crops are harvested “we do not fetch the (dirt) on the road that causes problems for citizens in this region”.
He called on the Divisional Commander to re-enforce that the agriculture machinery is washed in the backlands before it is brought on the public road.
One rice farmer who was present at the meeting stated that there is no way to wash the dirt from the machinery before it enters onto the public road.
“We have lobbied and it starts where you have roads extended beyond the residential area. We have one like that in my NDC so now the tractor don’t have to come on the road to wash. They meet a portion of the road where there is no mud and the trucks can go that part alone, but if that is not the case you have to come on the road.”
Hicken, in response, said, “We are not here to prevent anything from happening we are here to ensure things are happening in a controlled way.”
He explained that if it concludes that there isn’t a solution agreed upon, then a sit in with stakeholders will allow them to decide on a method that will sit well with both parties.
“If he determines that this area, because of the spill of mud, is hazardous, we are gonna have police deployed so that we can slow down the traffic and militate against accidents. It’s a stakeholder’s approach and not no one quick fix, we are gonna work together. There has to be a mechanism in place,” Hicken underscored.
The Traffic Chief of the Division, Timothy Williams, also used the opportunity to appeal to farmers to avoid leaving the fields and farmlands after daylight. “In terms of the tractors with the mud on the road I would suggest, don’t leave the rice field with your tractor at 7:00 in the night, try to get out as early as possible, using the daylight”.
The excess mud splattered along the public road has developed into a major issue in Berbice for drivers traversing the roadways. They complain of the difficulty when maneuvering across the dirt. Some drivers had complained that it is such a hazard that it could lead to accidents.
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