“Get on board” – Buxton / Foulis NDC chairman tells residents

DPI, Guyana, Monday, May 21, 2018

Chairman of the Buxton / Foulis Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC), Forbes Abrams has urged residents of Buxton and surrounding communities to get on board as the Rural Agricultural Infrastructure Development (RAID) project picks up the pace.

Chairman of Buxton/Foulis NDC, Forbes Abrams.

“I want to take the opportunity to urge our young men and women to get onboard and to become involved in the current drive to restore agriculture to the prominence it once held in the village. 180 acres of land is scheduled to be cleared in the backlands as a start towards this agriculture drive. Get on board my people. Get on board,” Abrams urged.

The NDC Chairman said the RAID project which involves the development of farm-to-market roads, clearing of overgrowth, market research, training and provision of technical assistance among other things is a great opportunity to revitalise the village’s economy.

Thus far, several drainage canals have been restored, dams cleared of vegetation and land clearing exercise have commenced in the Buxton / Friendship backlands.

“I am absolutely optimistic that time will come when we would have grown to the extent that we will need to establish cold storage facilities and warehouses for our abundant production. This will happen only if we the beneficiaries are motivated by these developments to be more integrally involved in our own personal domestic economy and by extension the development of the village economy and the development of the country’s economy,” Abrams added.

The second term Chairman made these calls at the recent commissioning ceremony for a new drainage pump station at Friendship / Vigilance on the East Coast of Demerara. The pump station was constructed at a cost of $240Million and has the capacity to displace water at a rate of almost thirty-two thousand gallons per minute. Through the RAID project four communities, Ithaca, Mocha, Triumph and Buxton are receiving Government’s assistance to aid agricultural production.


By: Kidackie Amsterdam

Images by Kidackie Amsterdam and Jules Gibson.

A section of the recently restored Buxton West Sideline drainage canal.

land clearing in progress.