Wamaradong utilising CDP to establish a nature farm
DPI, Guyana, Thursday, July 13, 2017
The Waramadong community in the Upper Mazaruni, Region Seven is in the process of establishing a nature farm.
The project will solve the issue of unemployment in the community, and will boost Region Seven’s ‘green and sustainable village economy’ initiative.The nature farm is Wamaradong’s Community Development Project (CDP). CDPs are projects being funded under the ambit of the Amerindian Development Fund (ADF) that are aimed at strengthening entrepreneurial and institutional capacities of the economy of indigenous communities.
The nature farm is being funded to the tune of 5M. The funds are being released in traunches. Wamaradong has received the first tranche of disbursement in the sum $1.5M for the project.
Toshao Clyde Henry explained that the project is being implemented in three different areas in the village. One area provides for the cultivation of two acres of cassava. The other two sections of the project are to be utilised for cash crop farming, the Toshao said.
Henry told Department of Public Infromation (DPI) that the produce from the farm, will be used to supply the the Desiree Fox Secondary and the Community’s School Hot Meal Programme. “We want to supply the school with things like onion and other cash crops. That’s the only way that we get the money circulating back into the community, because most of the supplies at the school are brought in from the coast” he explained.
The Village Council is also seeking other markets for their produce.
The Region Seven community, have very vast and fertile lands, and the residents have been in the business of producing organic food, for some time now.
Toshao Henry said that “We don’t use fertilizer, that’s why we call it a ‘nature farm’ because it produces anything.”
The community has also utilized its Jubilee Grant to purchase an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) to boost the project.
By: Synieka Thorne