Region 6 Councillors call for more pastures

first_img…as cattle continue to be poisonedThe ongoing feud between rice and cattle farmers in Corentyne, Berbice, has resulted in animals being killed. Some weeks ago, more than a dozen cattle were shot and persons were arrested but now scores of cattle are being poisoned.This has led to the call by Regional Democratic Councillors for more pastures to be made available to facilitate the thriving cattle industry in the region.When more than 300 acres of rice were destroyed by cattle in Corentyne, Berbice, last month, the rice farmers pleaded with Government to create a cattle pasture for the cattle owners but did not get the urgent response they were hoping for.Two weeks later, 14 cattle were shot and persons were arrested but as the police were getting information on the alleged weapons used, the suspects were identified as two persons with close alliances to a political party in the coalition Government. Following that, cattle started dying and a vet confirmed that they were being poisoned.Regional Councillor Gobin Harbhajan said that the animals are dying on a daily basis. He made the comments as he addressed the Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) during a recent meeting.“The rice farmer is protecting their rice and the cattle farmer is saying that the savannah in some parts is fenced so they can’t take their cattle there. Some parts are occupied so they have nowhere to carry the animals. The land must become available because during the previous Administration in the 80s under the PNC [People’s National Congress] it was a communal pasture and we have to keep it that way. As a Councillor, I am asking that we look at how we can solve this. We have to engage the Lands and Survey Department and notices should be sent out to those who are there and don’t fence the savannah,” Harbhajan said while adding that both the cattle and rice industries are equally important to the region’s economy.He also called for more pasture lands to be made available.Regional Chairman David Armogan noted that the current situation reemphasised the need for a clear land use police. Failing which farmers will continue to have conflicts.However, land leases which were given to farmers for the purposes of rearing cattle are worded: “to be used for agricultural purposes only”. With rice cultivation also being a part of agriculture, some farmers then switched to cattle, hence both cattle and rice are done in the same areas.“There is a lot of vacant GuySuCo [Guyana Sugar Corporation] land. All they have to do is to develop it; put water and everything and the grass will grow. In fact, it was pasture land before and GuySuCo took the land to grow more cane for the factory that was supposed to be operable. Unfortunately, that factory is not operable anymore,” the Chairman explained.He added that lands are available but belong to GuySuCo.“So Government will have to negotiate with GuySuCo to probably take back those lands,” he added.last_img read more

Kings shut out Bruins

first_img“We thought the bottom was hit two nights ago and tonight we found a way to go lower,” said Boston goalie Andrew Raycroft after a 6-0 loss to the Kings on Thursday night. “We’ve seen China.” It was the Bruins worst loss since a 6-0 defeat to Toronto on Dec. 4, 2003. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaAlexander Frolov scored the second hat trick of his career and Mathieu Garon stopped 30 shots to help the Kings win. Frolov’s goals all came in the third period, the first on a wrist shot 44 seconds into period. The next came on a penalty shot and the third with 10:55 left on the clock from a shot in the slot. “I really worked hard the first two periods, but I couldn’t score,” he said. “I knew the only way to do that was to keep working and I finally got my chances in the third period.” Garon bounced back from a 6-2 loss to the Mighty Ducks on Monday with the sixth shutout of his career and the second this season. He is 20-10-0 this season and 6-2-0 in his last eight starts. Los Angeles is 2-6-3 in its last 11 visits to Boston. The Kings last win came March 30, 1999, 2-1 in overtime. BOSTON – The Boston Bruins thought they had played as bad as they possible could. They were wrong. The Bruins have been outscored 12-2 in their past two games by the San Jose Sharks and the Kings. center_img “We played solid tonight,” Kings coach Andy Murray said. “We knew the Bruins would be aggressive tonight after their game against San Jose but we just kept battling.” The Kings are 1-2 in their current four game road trip. Andrew Raycroft took the loss. He was replaced for the second straight game by Tim Thomas in the third period. Joe Corvo scored his ninth goal of the season at 18:55 of the first period on a shot from the point to give the Kings a 1-0 lead. Michael Cammalleri scored in the second period on a power play for a 2-0 lead. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more