Government Member of Parliament (MP), Faizal Jafferally, yesterday, disclosed in the National Assembly, that several development plans for Demerara-Mahaica (Region Five) have already been set into motion, with the commencement of rehabilitative works.
He made this statement in his opening remarks, during Day Three of the 2020 Budget Debates being held at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC) in Liliendaal.
Jafferally said the Government was already addressing issues affecting farmers in the region. He recalled that when Minister of Agriculture, Zulfikar Mustapha visited communities there, several farmers expressed concerns about their crops. The MP said that canals within the Mahaica Mahaicony Abary – Agricultural Development Authority (MMA-ADA), were not desilted in five years and that the dams were in poor condition.
The Parliamentarian said 13 heavy-duty machines are currently in the backlands desilting 245 canals to bring relief to the farmers. The dams are also being graded so that rice farmers could transport their crops to the factory.
Jafferally also announced that the Government plans to rehabilitate sidelines dams, schools, roads, bridges, and other infrastructure within the region.