MMA orders Berbice farmers off lands

first_img…reassigns pastures to Govt supporters – sourceThe Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary-Agricultural Development Authority (MMA- ADA) has issued notices to farmers occupying land at Gold Digging, Blairmont, West Bank Berbice, for them to remove with nowhere to put their life stock.Cattle in the savannah at Gold Digging, Blairmont, West Bank BerbiceWhile the cattle farmers are being forced off the land, huge portions are being gifted out to Government officials for cattle rearing, this newspaper was told.In a letter dated January 18, 2018, the MMA stated that the farmers were ordered to vacate the land by February 1, 2019, and according to the notice as from that date, those animal farmers are being deemed illegal.The notice also nullifies previous permission given by the Agriculture Ministry for the said lands to be used for cattle grazing purposes.Cattle in the savannahThe letter quotes the Section 7 of the lands Act and Section of the Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary-Agricultural Development Authority Act and Section 20 of the State Lands Act which states that trespass on State lands is an offence punishable by law. “You are hereby instructed to dismantle all erections made thereon and to vacate the aforementioned lot within the timeline stipulated in this notice,” the letter read.However, a previous document issued by the Agriculture Ministry under the MMA Act (27 of 1977/Cap 69:1 which refers to all State land under the MMA-ADA control: “The area is zoned for the specific purpose of cattle grazing; and rice cultivation shall not be permitted. It is herein reiterated that the lands are State lands and that no person has been given any exclusive rights to the area or part thereof. Persons/groups or Co-operative Societies that are in occupation or have made representation for access to the lands must check with the MMA in order to be given formal permission to do so,” the strongly worldly letter says in part.Some of the farmers are rearing a variety of animalsThe MMA has ordered the farmers to dismantle all erected structures and to remove their cattle. The farmers have been occupying the land since permission was given for it to be used for cattle back in 2005. The MMA had already started to share out the land to persons who are not known as cattle farmers.One person closely associated with a political party within the coalition Government was 200 acres while another who works with the Government has been given 300 acres for cattle rearing. Another Government supporter is also the recipient of 200 acres of land for the purpose of cattle rearing.Pooran Balmulkund, who has been rearing cattle for over 35 years, says he is totally dependent of the animals to earn a living. He has 45 heads of cattle which give him enough milk to sell to the community.“It is unfair that we are here so long on the land and that they bringing people from out of the area and give them land and we are here from since 2007 until to now,” Balmulkund said, while adding that on offer was made to the old existing farmers for occupancy. The MMA-ADA has stopped the farmers from erecting fences on the pasture. When this publication visited the savannah on Tuesday, Balmulkund pointed out piles of wood which he cut in an effort to erect fences. The fence to the western end of the pasture had been removed which now allows the animals to go into the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s cultivation area to graze. Krisonchand David has just fewer than one hundred heads of cattle in the pasture and is feeling the squeeze.He said they had erected posts and barb-wire fences but these have been pulled down.“This was done unknowing to us. Now MMA come and give us a piece of paper saying that we have to move and they bring a set of people and told us that they give them paper for the land and that we ate squatters.”David said he was one of the first farmers to utilise the savannah for the purpose of rearing cattle. He recalled that when he was there, there was thick overgrowth and he worked on clearing it to what it is today.“Now people come and see that it is clear and they come claiming the place,” he added.Meanwhile, another farmer Rajin Samaroo who has more than one hundred heads of cattle along with other animals, told Guyana Times that he feels what is being done is unfair. “We don’t have anywhere to carry the cows.”He said as a group, the farmers approached the MMA in an attempt to acquire a portion of the land for themselves for the purpose of grazing cattle. “All they do is take we names and say that they gone call and they never call…” He said they have also been threatened that if the animals are not removed they will be impounded. “This is what we as cattle farmers depend on. We have children to send to school. We have bills to pay. When MMA move us from here, where will we go? They want us to sell out the animals and after that what? Money is the easiest thing to finish.”The MMA met with the farmers last week and they were informed that enough time had been given for them to remove. Pigs, sheep and goats are also being reared in the savannah.Efforts by this publication for a comment from the MMA management on the issue proved futile.last_img read more


first_imgNaomh Conaill disposed of Kilcar in the SFC semi-final.Pic NorthWestNewsPixBY PADDY WALSHEUNAN’S AND NAOMH CONAILL CLEAN UPWhat a weekend for Letterkenny and Glenties. Winning awards in the National Tidy Towns competition having already cleaned up in the county semi-finals. And nobody able to point a finger at either performance and say ‘what a load of rubbish’. It looked like it was going to be a close run thing in the opening match of the weekend but St Eunan’s always looked like they could move up a gear and move up they did when St Michael’s threatened to come back into it – indeed did come back into when they held the lead at the start of the second half.But Maxi Curran has his team in the finest of fettle and with the experience of the likes of big John Haran and Rory Kavanagh in the middle of the park allied with the young guns such as Rory Carr and Conor Gibbons, not just the immediate future looks good for the Letterkenny team but the distant one as well.For St. Michael’s this was a hugely disappointing evening. They had ghosted past Liam Bradley’s Malin in the quarter-final and were odds on to at least make a game of it against the defending champions.Similar expectations from the weekend’s second semi-final but again the scoreboard told a different story. There were only a few scant moments in the opening half when you felt Kilcar could take their performance to a new level but that level was never reached and inspired by the ‘Brick’ Molloy – get that man back into the county squad again – and Anthony Thompson, Naomh Conaill were the fullest of value for their comprehensive win. Again a brief response from their opponents at the start of the second half but those quick fire goals from Leon Thompson and Leo McLoone put the seal on the signature. St. Eunan’s will start as favourites to repeat their win over the Glenties men in the 2012 Final but that very memory of Lee McMonagle’s late, late goal that helped the Letterkenny side to capture the Dr. Maguire Cup will surely have Martin Regan’s outfit fired up.Of course, St. Eunan’s will face them secure in the knowledge that whatever happens they’re going home to the tidiest town in Ireland.WRESTLERS 3…STUDENTS 0….I’ve seen some decent performances from Finn Harps this season – and some, let’s face it, very indecent ones as well – but the one that put paid to U.C.D. in Ballybofey on Friday evening was as polished a display as has been the case for some time.Even before the students could have the excuse of being a man short, Harps looked likely and cohesive and created three or four good openings in those early stages. Indeed for a spell after Chris Mulhall saw red for an alleged stamp on Ciaran Coll, the home side didn’t appear to know what to do with the extra man and play became disjointed. But they weren’t long finding their rhythm again and by the end could have rattled in double their final total. The passing and movement hasn’t always been evident in Harps performances this season but on this occasion they played it along the ground at every opportunity and had U.C.D. run ragged at times. Not bad for a team of “wrestlers” as U.C.D. boss, Collie O’Donnell, had labelled Harps who can now go into their final two league fixtures of the season in the comfort zone having booked their place in the first – and let’s hope there’s a second – of the play-off ties.U.C.D.’s Director of Football – a term that surely leaves the actual manager a bit peeved off to say the least – Pat Devlin had a brief (and we should say, good-humoured) exchange with a couple of Harps stalwarts at the end of the game, Seamus McKelvey and Seamus Gallagher, and suggested the students actually wanted to play the first leg of the play-off at home.But, hey, Pat, look over your shoulder – the Shels are a solitary point behind ye now and you may not have to concern yourself with either leg if you’re not careful.ANOTHER REPORT LANDS ON THE TABLE Brilliant. Even more brilliant than the last one. And the one before that. Or perhaps there wasn’t one before that. Or even a last one.Difficult to tell with these reports seeing as nothing ever seems to change.Haven’t had time – haven’t made time, let me be honest about it – to delve through the newly published F.A.I. report that aims to completely revitalise the League of Ireland.But – and pardon me if I’ve misread the bit I did get through – I think it’s an outstanding plan. Create a new structure and reduce the number of suits by three or four. Like I say, brilliant. There’s too many of them at the top level, time to cut them down to size, and relegate some of them into oblivion.Then there’s the mighty brainwave to actually market the league. Brilliant again. Why didn’t someone think of that one before? Simple business logic. Place your product in the shop window and help persuade the punters to come in and buy. And not just the punters but potential sponsors as well. Sound sense sitting there staring us full in the face. And now thanks to this report, the F.A.I. may be about to consider going down the P.R. route. That’s a marketing ploy if ever there was one.For which I can only use the word of the week once more. Brilliant.JACK OPTS FOR ROY (AND IT’S NOT KEANO)“Jack Who?”, was one cynical online reaction to football’s big news this week that young Grealish has, as almost universally expected, opted for the colours of England to pursue his international career under Roy Hodgson.Our own Shay Given, who never had that decision to make, was quick off the blocks on Twitter when the statement came through. “Sad to see Jack Grealish has chosen to play for England and not us. Wish him well for the future,” the Lifford man graciously declared.Surprisingly there were quite a few similar messages on the R.T.E. website with a couple of honourable exceptions.“No loss, he can go back now to Craggy Island as Fr. Damo!,” one wit insisted (and do you know something there IS a distinct likeness there).And then this from one ‘Michael Owen’ though I’m not sure if he’s the one we all know: “Play for Ireland and never win anything or play for England and never win anything.” Truer words in jest and all that.But the one that caught this eye was the following: “Richie Towell scoring 22 goals from midfield for Dundalk and being ignored by Martin O’Neill.”And not a hint of a clamour from our very own media who inevitably must wait for a player to cross the great divide before deciding that he’s of international quality.I’ve no doubt the Dundalk ace, who has been in inspirational form this season (and likewise last), will indeed be persuaded to sign for one of the bigger clubs in England and equally no doubt that our soccer scribes in Dublin will then begin raving about him.And then we’ll all be saying “Jack Who?…”HEADGEARSaw the St. Eunan’s squad emerge from the Mount Errigal Hotel on Saturday evening to board the bus for their big semi-final in Ballybofey and one thing struck me (apart from the fact that I’d tipped St. Michael’s in last week’s column).It was like watching those Champions League matches when Ronaldo, Messi & Co. are arriving at the stadiums and the cameras are focusing on them and the common denominator is that close to every single player has a set of headphones on and is listening to his iPhone and whatever sounds he has got on the download.To be fair, not every Eunan’s player had one but I wonder for those who did and do, does it help ease the nerves or is it just a cool phase they’re going through, such as selfies, that will soon pass on to something completely different.Such as getting putting away our iPhones and iPads and our Facebooks and Twitters and actually getting back to engaging with one another in the true social sense of the word.OVAL BALL GAME KEEPS ON GIVINGThe previous week it was Japan who added to the party mood of the rugby World Cup and put our own performance against the Canadians into perspective.Last weekend it was the turn of another of the lesser lights of the world game, Wales, to knock over a big ‘un (apparently Tom Jones met up with the Welsh squad before the England game and inspired them to victory on the hosts very own green, green grass of home).And now the day before the Boys in Green do battle against Italy, the English will go into their match with Australia knowing that nothing less than a win will do if they are not to be knocked out of the competition on the hallowed turf of Twickenham.This tournament’s getting better by the week. Or, possibly in England’s case, the weak. Though I still won’t be surprised if they turn over the Aussies.PROGRAMME NOTEThey ran out of match programmes on the evening Finn Harps played home to Shelbourne back in mid-August. And they ran out before I could get my mitts on one to add to the collection of dusty programmes I’ve gathered over the past few decades (at this point I have to smuggle them into the home pad as herself indoors is casting alarming glances at the tottering heaps of them located in various rooms and shelvings).Anyway Finn Park programme seller, Billy Vance, promised he’d get me one and while I’d just about forgotten about it, he produced the Harps/Shels programme from under his jacket like a magician as I was purchasing the latest publication from him for last Friday night’s game.So a grateful thanks from me to you, Billy. But no thanks at all from herself…!WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY: EUNAN’S AND NAOMH CONAILL TIDY UP, HARPS STARS AND JACK CHOOSES WRONG ROY was last modified: September 30th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:columndonegal dailuDonegal Dailyfinn harpsGlentiesletterkennyPaddy Walshlast_img read more