We intend to make farming profitable

Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs, Press Release

Friday, December 27, 2019

– Minister Garrido-Lowe to Kwebanna residents

Kwebanna Village, Moruca sub-district (Barima/Waini) which is known for its agricultural exploits, will soon be operating a Cassava Flour Processing Facility to supply local, regional and international markets.

Some thirty farmers are currently cultivating thirty acres of cassava to supply the factory.

Recently Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs Hon. Valerie Garrido-Lowe attended a mini cassava festival in the community. With support from the Ministry’s catering facilitator Margret Cornette. The Kwebanna Farmers Group and the Hand-in-Hand Women’s Group produced appetizing Indigenous dishes from cassava.

The Minister noted that their efforts exceeded expectations. She said, “these delicious tasting dishes are just an introduction to show people how we can utilise cassava flour and who better to show them than you, the Indigenous people.”

She assured the residents, particularly farmers in Kwebanna, that the government will continue to invest heavily in Agriculture production. “The farmers in this world are the most important people because they give us sustenance; they (farmers) are the richest people in the world and that is what the people of Kwebanna are going to be. We intend to make our farming profitable, not five dollars here and there, we are putting those days behind us,” Minister Garrido-Lowe emphasised.

Kwebanna which has a growing population is on the cusp of realising real development, and according to the Minister, much more will be realized from Guyana’s oil revenues. She challenged villagers to capitalise on the many opportunities which will become available and use them for economic and social empowerment.

Meanwhile, the Minister also took the opportunity to share in the spirit of the festive season by putting smiles on the faces of scores of children who attended the days’ activity when she presented them with gifts.

Alethea Grant

Communications Officer

Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs

Email: alethea_grant@hotmail.com

Mobile # 592-629-6355

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