BBCI, Three-Door Fishermen’s Co-op reach agreement on the use of lands at D’Edward wharf
several high-powered LED lights also donated to Co-op to improve security
Following a meeting with His Excellency, President Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali and Agriculture Minister Hon. Zulfikar Mustapha, members of the Three-Door Fishermen’s Co-op Society, last week, signed an agreement with the Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated (BBCI), allowing for the use of lands and the river shore in the vicinity of the bridge on the western side of the Berbice River.
This was disclosed on Sunday by Minister Mustapha during a follow-up meeting with members of the co-op society, to give an update on several other commitments made by the ministry.
The agreement will allow the fishermen to legally operate from the facility where they have been occupying for years.
In addition to the agreement, representatives from the co-op also raised security concerns and the need for better facilities at the wharf.
Addressing the gathering at Sunday’s engagement, Minister Mustapha said the PPP/C Administration has a longstanding history of working to ensure it fulfills its promises.
“The last time I was here to meet with the fishermen…they asked for some lights and I made a commitment that I will bring the seven lights that they needed and these are high powered lights to brighten the avenue going in and coming out so that in the nights, they say normally thieves are usually harbouring around…so I hope that this will prevent, not all the illegal activities, but at the same time it will make the place brighter to see what is going on,” the minister said.
In addition to the lights, Minister Mustapha also said that the fisheries department in collaboration with the Mahaica Mahaicony Abary Agriculture Development Authority (MMA-ADA) will be constructing sanitary facilities in keeping with another commitment made during the meeting.
With the issue of low catches continuing to be of major concern to both the government and fishermen across the country, Minister Mustapha told fishermen that the government, in collaboration with reputable local and international agencies, has commenced work to determine the reason behind the low catches.
“As I am speaking here, we have…a number of officers within the ministry and other agencies looking to see why we are having the low catches so that we can have an answer to those things. Guyana is not the only country experiencing low catches. Reports are showing that this is a global issue and that the reasons vary in different parts of the world. We have to wait on the results from the analysis and only then can we move forward and try to resolve it,” he explained.
Minister Mustapha maintained that the government will continue to support not only the Three Door Fishermen’s Co-op Society but all other fishermen and fisher co-ops across the country.