GLDA has ne­glected North-West Re­gion

Weekend Mirror - - EDITORIAL -

Dear Editor,

Res­i­dents

of the Amerindian vil­lage of Santa Rosa, in the Moruca sub-re­gion of Re­gion One (Barima-Waini), are com­plain­ing that they do not have the ser­vices of a vet­eri­nar­ian, even though one is sta­tioned at the Mabaruma sub-re­gion.

I made con­tact with this vet­eri­nar­ian and asked him why he was not pro­vid­ing ser­vices to Santa Rosa vil­lage. His re­ply was that he does not have river­ine trans­porta­tion.

Can you imag­ine: a Gov­ern­ment vet­eri­nar­ian in Re­gion One does not have any means of river trans­porta- tion? Then what pur­pose is he serv­ing in Re­gion One? I then tried, but was un­suc­cess­ful in, mak­ing con­tact with the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer (CEO) of the Guyana Live­stock De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (GLDA), Cul­bert Owen, who was at a meeting on Fri­day, Au­gust 18, 2017.

I won­der if Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Noel Holder re­ceives up­dates or re­ports on the per­for­mance of hin­ter­land agri­cul­ture, par­tic­u­larly where live­stock de­vel­op­ment is con­cerned in Re­gion One. But I am ap­peal­ing to the Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture to in­ves­ti­gate the op­er­a­tions of the Guyana Live­stock De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (GLDA) with the view that all vet­eri­nary doctors sta­tioned in our hin­ter­land re­gion are pro­vided with ad­e­quate means of trans­porta­tion and a bud­get to do their work in the best in­ter­est of hin­ter­land live­stock de­vel­op­ment, which is sadly lack­ing. I was in­formed by Mabaruma res­i­dents that the only means of trans­porta­tion the VET doc­tor has is an all-ter­rain ve­hi­cle (ATV). Can this ATV take the doc­tor to the river­ine com­mu­ni­ties of Port Kai­tuma, Moruca and other com­mu­ni­ties of Re­gion One where his ser­vices are needed? Sim­ply put, the GLDA, in its mis­sion, has ne­glected the North-West Re­gion.

Peter Per­saud

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