Payout for damaged crops don’t cover losses, Hope farmers say
Months after promising that farmers whose crops were damaged during the construction of the Hope Canal would be compensated, the Ministry of Agriculture on Friday finally handed over cheques to farmers but it was not to the level expected.
This followed an article in the Stabroek News last week which reported on the complaints by famers who cultivate along the Hope Canal, East Coast Demerara that the ministry had not kept promises to them and they were yet to receive compensation for crops damaged during the building of sections of the canal last year as well as new land to farm.
Agriculture Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, late last year had promised to address the concerns of residents and farmers located in the vicinity of the worksite but residents said the ministry failed to do so. Late last year and early this year, farmers had lost crops after the mud excavated from the canal was dumped on portions of …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.