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Victoria farmers to benefit from farm-to-market road to assist with accessing farmlands

Farmers from Victoria on the East Bank of Demerara will soon benefit from better access to their farmlands through the construction of an all-weather farm-to-market road as the government moves towards improving and increasing production to further develop the agriculture sector.

This was disclosed during a Cabinet Outreach to the village on Saturday by Agriculture Minister, Zulfikar Mustapha. The outreach was led by Prime Minister, Mark Phillips and was attended by several other Cabinet Ministers. 

During his address to the large gathering, which comprised farmers and residents from Victoria Village and other surrounding communities, Minister Mustapha said that the ministry, through the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), had commenced the process for the construction of an all-weather farm-to-market road so that farmers can have better access to their farmlands. 

“This year, we’ll continue the development in this community. When I visited this community, you made a request for an all-weather road. I want to tell you that it has been approved, and that process has commenced so that we can commence construction of that all-weather farm-to-market road in Victoria to take you to the farm. We’ll do one mile of all-weather road on the Victoria middle walk that stretches from the end of the housing area all the way up to the farming area,” he noted.

Minister Mustapha explained that the project was tendered and that the contract would be awarded soon. Once completed, he added, approximately 300 cash crops and other farmers will benefit. 

Minister Mustapha also said that farmers from villages like Victoria along the East Coast have an important role to play in the government’s food security agenda. 

With Guyana playing that leading role in CARICOM’s food security agenda, Minister Mustapha said that efforts would be made to ensure farmers are empowered to be productive.  

“We are working to become food secure, and you, the farmers on the East Coast of Demerara, have to play a big part. We know, for a fact, that the East Coast (of Demerara) was once a very productive area in our country, and we will empower you so that you can once again become productive,” he added. 

During an outreach to the community shortly after assuming office, Minister Mustapha engaged farmers and conducted an assessment of many of the affected areas in Victoria. 

During the visit, farmers sought the government’s assistance with the restoration of agriculture-related activities, citing years of neglect of critical drainage and irrigation infrastructure. The Minister committed to having emergency work done in the area. 

Additional works were also done after engineers from the NDIA and extension officers from the National Agriculture Research and Extension Institute (NAREI), and the Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA) conducted a needs assessment in the farming communities. 

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