The Leadership of the Alliance For Change is not pleased with the direction in which the Agriculture sector is heading and may be getting ready to push for changes.
The Minister of Agriculture in the coalition government, Noel Holder, was put forward by the Alliance For Change since the Agriculture portfolio was one which came under the AFC. However, some members in the AFC leadership now believe that Minister Holder may need some assistance in running the industry.
The coalition government has been facing criticism from sugar workers and the sugar union over the decision to close the Wales estate at the end of the year.
Minister Holder is still to meet with the sugar workers more than four months after the announcement was made. The Minister has been heavily criticized for taking a “laid back” approach to the issue. Sugar workers have protested the move although many of them will have their jobs secured at other sugar estates.
The Opposition has also been using the problems facing the agriculture sector to stir up support among its support base. The PPP’s support comes from many farming communities across Guyana.
A senior official of the AFC told News Source that “Agriculture is important and we are simply not pleased with the direction it is going. It needs more energy and it will need more of a boost. It is an important sector”.
News Source understands that some AFC leadership officials are contemplating requesting of the President that he adds another Minister to the Agriculture portfolio. It is expected that a recommendation in that regard could be made to the President by the AFC Leader, Khemraj Ramjattan.