Over 200 hundred farmers in Golden Grove are happy after receiving agricultural land of their own.
In total, 228 Golden Grove farmers were given parcels of land during a Land Allocation Ceremony at the Andre Kamperveen Hall in the Centre of Excellence, Macoya.
Food Production Minister, Mr. Devant Maharaj, said under the right conditions and with sufficient resources and proper planning, farming can be a viable enterprise.
According to the Minister, farmers play a vital role in helping to build a more food secure nation.
“I know you have good land and the selection process was very rigorous. The best of all the applicants are here and I am confident that if you live up to your proposals and your interview, you will be successful.”
The Minister said this initiative has yielded fruit and he has high expectations for the Golden Grove batch of farmers.
“The Macoya area generally, not that area alone, the amount of production was close to 60%. So if you fall in line with the norm for the area, I would have no doubt that within the first year you will be up to about 60% production. So my expectations for this group of persons would be by the third year you will be close to 90% production.”
The Minister said farmers are being given a golden opportunity but they will only reap what they sow.