Guyana Upping Spending On Cassava Mill And Solar Power In Undeveloped Region Bordering Brazil.

Photo: Guyana government GIS. President Ali addresses constituents in the village of Nappi.
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Communities in Guyana’s Region Nine, are poised for significant development as the government continues to invest money with the intention of fostering economic growth and sustainability in the Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo Region.

The population of  Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo Region region, which is relatively undeveloped  is 24,238 persons, who live in scattered Indigenous villages and land settlement schemes. Because of the grassy savannahs, the Rupununi is considered to be ‘cattlecountry’. Most of the cattle are farmed to produce beef and a few are kept for milk.

There are large ranches at Aishalton, Annai, Dadanawa and Karanambo. Much of the beef produced here is soldin neighbouring Brazil, because transportation to the other regions of Guyana, especially Region
Four, is very expensive.

President Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali recently traveled to the village of Nappi,  an indigenous village of Macushi  Amerindians situated in Central Rupununi on Saturday, where he announced that the government is set to spend over $1 billion in the Rupununi region, exceeding the budget allocation.

President Ali emphasised that these additional investments reflect the government’s commitment and support for the people, aiming to empower them to contribute to the development of themselves, their communities, and the country as a whole.

Just three days ago, approximately 500,000 pounds of cassava were delivered to communities in the Deep South Rupununi.

President Ali revealed that an additional 500,000 pounds, valued at $20 million, will soon be distributed to Nappi and eight surrounding villages.

Furthermore, the government plans to procure and install a cassava mill in Nappi at a cost of $20 million.

“To support you in these villages and to ensure that you have sustainability, excess production, and value-added, without you asking, we are going to install a cassava mill and we will start it within 14 days right here to service these communities around here,” the president told the residents during the engagement with residents at the village Benab.

In addition to these and other initiatives, residents also benefitted from solar photovoltaic household systems. Each system comprises a solar panel, two lights, a fan, and a power box.

President Ali reiterated the PPP/C Administration’s commitment to prioritising the needs of the people in its programmes and policies.

He assured that further interventions will be undertaken, specifically targeting Amerindian villages across the country.

“Nothing is wrong with wanting more… we can aspire to be on the same level as those on the coastland. And this government will make the investment to ensure that you are at that same level,” the head-of-state said.

To further support villages, President Ali said the government is planning to establish service hubs.

Among them is the ‘Buyers Hub,’ where excess fruits available in the villages will be procured and preserved for reliable marketing. This initiative will be supported by the Men on Mission (MoM).

“We want to develop cultural hubs; we want to develop educational hubs. We will expand our facilities so that the GOAL students can go and study, that the trained teachers can go and study,” the President stressed.

Other initiatives include food support integration hubs and the establishment of mental health hubs.

The residents welcomed these announcements, expressing gratitude for the anticipated employment opportunities these programmes will generate.

He was accompanied by Minister of Natural Resources, Vickram Bharrat, Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand and other officials during the meeting.

Guyana, once one of the poorest countries in South America has benefited in recent years from a windfall oil find in offshore waters, and is regarded by some as the Dubai of the Americas. President Ali’s government is determined to spread the wealth around the nation.

Source: Guyana GIS
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