New Lumber Market for Barima Koriabo
DPI, Guyana, Sunday, October 20, 2019
Plans are in the pipelines to create a market for Barima Koriabo lumber production. Residents of the Region 1 community were made aware of these developments during a visit by Minister within the Ministry of Communities, with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Annette Ferguson.
Residents of the small community, which mainly rely on lumber for a livelihood, are experiencing challenges to transport their lumber to other regions where there is a market for the product. Minister Ferguson gave the assurance that the relevant authorities will visit the community. This visit is to conduct an evaluation and provide the necessary steps to be taken to acquiring a new market for their lumber.
Minister Ferguson’s visit, on Saturday, was one of many as she and her ministerial colleagues fanned out across the Mabaruma District in Region 1. Speaking to the Department of Public Information (DPI), the minister shared that several issues were raised by the residents which she has committed to seeing addressed.
“Through the visit, I received information that they are need of a 15-horsepower engine to take the school children to and from school. They currently have an engine, but I was told that it is experiencing some problems.”
She said there were calls for more medical outreaches and promised to forward this information to her colleague, Public Health Minister, Hon. Volda Lawrence.
The minister reassured the residents that the government continues to provide the same services for persons in hinterland communities regions, as those who live on the coastland.
“The Coalition Government is bridging that gap… billions have been invested in education and infrastructure in the hinterland and come 2020; there will be much more to ensure every boy, girl, man and woman benefit,” Minister Ferguson stated.