ESSEQUIBO GEARS UP FOR OCTOBER COCONUT FESTIVAL
Director General of Tourism, Donald Sinclair heads the Coconut Festival Coordinating Committee. Accompanied recently by Raymond Trotz, Chairman of the National Coconut Stakeholders Platform; Agri-Tourism Specialist Gemma Wenner; and Norman Sukhu of the Guyana Tourism Authority, the committee toured the Essequibo Coast to assess the full scale of private sector investments in coconut plantations and production. They visited the operations run by Alfro Alfonso (Golden Brook), Ramesh Ramotar (Rooster), Henry and Vilma da Silva (Henvil Farms), Beni Sankar and Daleep Singh.
They inspected coconut farms, coconut water and coconut oil producing facilities, fish and goat farms, and hospitality facilities.The Planning Committee shared with these stakeholders some plans for the upcoming Coconut Festival, and they participated in a lively discussion about the challenges facing the region, as well as the prospects for immediate development. The stakeholders also discussed the pollution of the Pomeroon River with coconut shells and other matters related to maintaining the cleanliness of Charity and to boost its image as a tourism destination. The stakeholders are also considering the establishment of the Region 2 Tourism Development Association.