Region 5 RDC should help farmers

Dear Editor,
Agriculture plays a crucial role in the life of an economy. It is the backbone of our economic system. Agriculture not only provides food and raw material but also employment opportunities to a very large proportion of the population in Region Five.
The Region Five RDC Admin’s capital programme has in its Budget 2019 a sum of $15 million for agricultural development in the region. The recent flooding of the Mahaicony communities was caused by neglect and the unbothered and inattentive attitude of the Regional Executive Officer and Presidential Advisor, Mr Ovid Morrison, to act on preventative measures to avoid such disaster. The flooding would have caused severe damage and loss for small farmers within the Mahaicony District. Farmers are in need of desperate help to prepare their lands for their next crop. The RDC should use the monies allocated in the budget to help farmers with machinery, fuel, seed paddy and other agricultural items needed to help them get back to their lands for crop production.

Govind Singh
Former Deputy
Regional Executive
Officer Region 5