[www.inewsguyana.com] – Riverview/Falmouth and Batavia, located in Cuyuni-Mazaruni, Region Seven, received their land titling document, from Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Pauline Sukhai, who charged the community to explore other sectors, to further propel their communities’ development.
The demarcation process for Riverview has started and Batavia will commence thereafter.
During a meeting at Batavia, Minister Sukhai told the residents to effectively utilise their land and explore other sectors, such as mining, agriculture and tourism which all have great potential.
This, she said, is speaking to the economic goals which they would want to establish for their communities.
“You would know that the economy of many Amerindian villages is based on subsistence cultivation. If you begin to limit yourself this way, you will remain within an environment … and within a situation that does not allow you to move faster in your own household, and your villages by extension,” Minister Sukhai told the residents.
She told them to identify economic activities in their respective community and develop a projection, and so create a sustainable economic condition, in order to making their communities viable. She said that the viability depends on the youths and the other villagers, land ownership, and the plans, all of which will produce activities which will generate income.
Batavia was granted absolute ownership to 7, 185 acres of land. Under the Guyana REDD + Investment Fund (GRIF), Government in 2013, signed a US$10.7M document for the implementation of the Land Titling and Demarcation project. Currently, four communities are undergoing the process, with 20 more due to start soon. [Extracted and modified from GINA]