Farmers charged for trespassing on Belle Vue “private” lands

first_imgAs tensions rise over several acres of land continue at Bell Vue, West Coast Demerara, 11 farmers have been charged for trespassing on private lands.This was related to Guyana Times on Friday by a farmer, Satesh Rajpat, who explained that several farmers – including Ramcharran Sookram, Imraz Hassan and his father Ramesh Rajpat – who have been planting pineapples, corn, cassava, sweet potatoes, plantain and banana sucker, red bean and cash crops; including tomatoes and other vegetables, were told they were planting on “private lands”.A few of the aggrieved farmers complaining to Police Officers recently at Belle VueAccording to him, those farmers were taken to the Wales Police Station on Thursday and released on $20,000 station bail each for trespassing. Satesh Rajpat added that those charges were instituted after a report was made by the Belle Vue Cane Farmers Marketing Co-op Society Chairman, Deodat Deokinandan, who is claiming the farmers have been squatting on the land.Rajpat added the matter is expected to come up at the Wales Magistrate’s Court later in March; however, the farmers are also contemplating taking legal action as they believe their rights are being stifled by a wealthy businessman.“They are claiming now that they have a lease from NICIL (National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited) who is now the owner of all of the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) Wales Estate assets but when we spoke to NICIL, they (said) they never issued such a document, so an investigation would be launched into that to find out who issued them with a lease from NICIL,” the farmer stated.He added that they are making arrangements to file legal actions in the High Court for damages and compensation. The farmer said they have reached out to the Government to intervene in the matter.Although the farmers are confident that they have been utilising State lands to ply their trade since the fall of the Wales Sugar Estate, the Co-op Society Chairman recently produced documents to prove that many of the farmers allegedly sold their shares to the society while others supposedly relinquished their lands for the society to operate.“I am never a bully and will never be a bully. These people come illegally and squat on the Society’s land and it is not the right thing to do and dem ah seh de President tell them to do that… I don’t know who is the real bully but these people already take compensation from the Society; some in 2011 and some in 2014,” Deokinandan explained during a previous interview.The dispute between the farmers and the businessman erupted on February 17, 2019, when the Police were called in after farmers contended that they, and their predecessors, have cultivated cane from 1956 to 2016 under a co-operative arrangement following an initial Bookers contract, but a businessman had erected a fence adjacent to the Belle Vue Public Road and other partitions, including one blocking the entrance on a reserved space for a dam along which machines could be driven to clean waterways.When the Wales Sugar Estate ceased operations by the end of 2016, the farmers petitioned Government to be allowed to cultivate diversified crops as their original contracts disallowed them from doing so. They indicated that after President David Granger granted the approval, they opted to begin planting in 2017. However, according to the Belle Vue farmers, they are being bullied for the land.They said the businessman allowed cows to graze in the crops which would hinder a return on investment.Deokinandan explained that the cows grazing in the lands fenced off are legally placed since this was passed during a general meeting of the Society. He also denied claims that he has been threatening the farmers at Belle Vue.Society Secretary Antoinette Manichand meanwhile said many of the farmers were errant members and were taken to arbitration for not paying their share of fees in land rentals to GuySuCo. She observed that it would be unfair for the Society’s contributing members to offset the costs for those who were not paying their dues. It was earlier explained by members that the descendants were reportedly no longer interested in cultivating sugar cane.She also claimed one such farmer was Francis Ferreira, who was allegedly paid $290,000 in compensation; a cheque made out in the name of the businessman, while others were paid hundreds of thousands and some over a million dollars for their fields. She provided documents to this effect.last_img read more


first_imgOne of the mising pets, Otto, which was found safe after being stolen from its Letterkenny home.Christmas has come early for one Donegal family after their three stolen pet greyhounds were found safe and well.The McKeever family were left devastated on Saturday morning after they awoke to find their home broken into and their beloved dogs taken.The gate at the rear of their home in Letterkenny had been twisted and the three pets taken from sheds. Dad John McKeever said his family were left heartbroken as they had raised the two pups from a litter of 13 which were born last January.“We heard barking in the middle of the night but didn’t think much of it.“But when we woke up we knew the gate had been twisted off and the dogs were gone.“We were just gutted that anybody would do such a thing,” said John. John revealed the whoever stole the dogs from his home at Ballymacool were prepared as they had their own leads and did not steal any of the dog’s leads which were hanging in the sheds.The family including John’s wife Noreen and children Grainne, 19, ad Ronan, 21, immediately put the word out by social media about the missing pets.John said “I would have always been skeptical about social media and Facebook but I have seen first-hand the power of it.“We had everyone looking for the dogs and it wasn’t long before we had people making a number of possible sightings,” he said.And to the family’s delight just before 6pm on Saturday evening, a young boy called to the house and said he had found the dogs straying on the street. John said he would not like to think what would have happened to the family’s pets if they had not launched a search for the dogs named Tiger, Otto and Buddy.“The mother dog Tiger is old so they might have just dumped her or shot her and the two pups would probably have been used for lurching.“We’re just so thankful to have them back because we have had them since they were born.“The next time the kids are on Facebook all day, I won’t be giving out too much,” laughed John. CHRISTMAS JOY FOR FAMILY AFTER STOLEN PETS FOUND SAFE AND WELL was last modified: December 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalgreyhoundJohn McKeeverletterkennypetsstolenlast_img read more


first_imgBridget McDyerCongratulations to our athletes who competed in the Antrim Forum at the weekend where Bridget McDyer took silver in the shot and bronze in the javelin, Fodhla McFadden took bronze in the long jump and Thomas Marry was fourth in the shot putt.Well done to all athletes from the Rosses who took part in the Community Games in Milford on Sunday.Good luck to Nicole Boyle who is competing this weekend at the Mary Peters track in Belfast. Ranafast school are holding a 5k this Thursday evening 13th June starting at 7pm.Good luck to Roshine NS, Acres NS and Keadue NS who head to the Aura in Letterkenny for the Cumann na mBunscol Small Schools Athletic Championships.Training at the new track at RSC on Monday evenings is now finished for the summer. Sportshall and Cross Country will be starting up again in later August or early September.A number of our adult club athletes are targeting the Lifford 5K which is on this Friday with a start time of 7.15pm. The course is fast and always draws a large number of runners. Due to the travel distance it is suggested to carpool. With this regard let Aidan Gillespie know who intends to travel and he can forward the list back to work out a travel plan. Entry fee is €10 euro. Club Vests to be worn Fit4Life group in Carrickfinn on Monday and Wednesday at the earlier time of 6pm. Walkers and new members welcome. Coaches: Elise Gillespie and Sinead Diver. ATHLETICS NEWS: GREAT WEEKEND FOR ROSSES AC AT THE ANTRIM FORUM was last modified: June 11th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ATHLETICS NEWS: GREAT WEEKEND FOR ROSSES AC AT THE ANTRIM FORUMlast_img read more