[www.inewsguyana.com] – At the recent weekend Linden Rally in Region 10, former President Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo warned Lindeners of an impending plan by the political opposition to ban logging. During his remarks Dr. Jagdeo noted that the decision was motivated by APNU Executive Ronald Bulkan.
Dr. Jagdeo at the time also responded to comments made by APNU’s Presidential Candidate, David Granger at the Guyana Manufactures and Services Association Luncheon where Mr. Granger stated “We must ensure that we also at the same time discourage the export of our raw materials”.
He added that the “APNU-AFC Government will reward people who can manufacture rather than just cutting down and digging out”.
However, Dr. Jagdeo stated “we promise that we want to preserve 99.5 percent of our forest, its part of our Low Carbon Development Strategy that was tabled in the National Assembly, but in the 0.5 percent of forest we can increase logging and even more people will have income”.
“They plan to ban logging, they plan to ban exports of logs and you know if they do that what will happen to Region 10, the tens of thousands of people whose lives depend on forestry….listen to them, they plan to do this”, the former Head of State said.
“He (Ganger) is being led by the nose by Bulkan and others were doing furniture until they became bankrupt and then they tried to get us to invest and when we refused they run to the PNC. They want logs banned so they will get it cheap for their furniture”, Dr. Jagdeo pointed out.
Meanwhile, stakeholders within the forest sector, especially small loggers most of whom are from Linden have begun to express apprehension over the recent and long standing comments by both APNU and AFC over the past three years to ban the exportation of logs.