‘No market for our produce’…Region 2 cash crop farmers facing difficult times

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By: Indrawattie Natram

The plummeting economy in Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam), compounded by the lack of markets, has left cash-crop farmers with no other choice but to dump their harvest.

A number of cash-crop farmers have expressed frustration over the issue. According to the farmers, crops such as boulanger, pumpkin, calaloo and pepper have to be dumped since the purchasing power of many has been reduced. Many large-scale farmers related that they are frustrated as every day they are reaping crops but when they go to local markets persons are not purchasing.

Region 2 cash crop farmers say they are frustrated as they have had to dump some of their produce over the past few days
Region 2 cash crop farmers say they are frustrated as they have had to dump some of their produce over the past few days

According to one such farmer of Golden Fleece, Palo (only name given) he returned home with bags of bolangers last Sunday after a meagre amount was sold. “We planting and reaping but when we go to the market we don’t make a profit. Plus we have to pack our vehicles and go to Chairty, it’s a costly exercise, nothing selling and you cannot keep the vegetables, they will spoil,” a female vendor Aiesha related.

Cash-crop farmers are experiencing grave financial difficulties and are calling on the Agriculture Ministry for assistance with markets for their produce.

Region Two economy plunged last year after the rice industry began to deteriorate, following the collapsed Venezuela rice market.

Last week, Region Two Chairman Devanand Ramdatt visited several farmers in the backdam where farmers related that local markets are flooded with vegetables and so no one is buying.
The chairman had said cash-crop farmers are facing difficulty in selling their vegetables at a profit, adding it is “heart wrenching” to see the situation farmers are facing.

During conversation with farmers, the chairman related that concerns were raised by vendors about the current state of the rice industry. He pointed out that the ailing rice industry is having a very negative effect on the entire Region Two, hence persons cannot afford to spend as they did previously.

 

7 COMMENTS

  1. And so the good life continues under this Defacto dunces. They only way out from this mess is to simply vote them out in 2020 or earlier if possible. Let’s hope they don’t rig the upcoming local government election.

  2. Region 2 get use to it it’s going to be much harder as the days go by. The present government has no interest in that region he is just focusing on region 4 look he is spending millions to build play park in region4 and the people in region 2 are starving. As I say again it will get worst in that region. Good luck guys.

  3. Sharma was SILENCE by your CHIEF BARRAT, freedom of speech by arresting him for all kinds of bull ???t, blame it on all them self confession cartel bosses. They exported the drugs in everything except the national anthem,,so how can anyone export.

  4. C N Sharma should air Programmes like these. Where is he now? If was the PPP/C Gov’t, Sharma would air these everyday on Channel 6 .Where is the Voice of the People Programme? So you see, Sharma is not a man of Justice and the Justice for all Party is just Fake.

  5. ‘No market for our produce’…Region 2 cash crop farmers facing difficult times.
    Many large-scale farmers related that they are frustrated as every day they are reaping crops but when they go to local markets persons are not purchasing.
    This is the grim reality of PNC promised “good life” for all Guyanese.
    The saying goes it will get worse before it gets better but you bet your life on it that not under PNC rule.
    PNC ruled Guyanese for 28 years and got worse each and every year until PNC collapsed Guyana.
    History bound to repeat itself… only thing it wont take PNC 28 years to (screw) Guyanese again.

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