Meadow Bank fisherfolks welcome intervention by President Ali
A vendor at the Meadow Bank Wharf, Kunti Bisnauth
A vendor at the Meadow Bank Wharf, Kunti Bisnauth

STAKEHOLDERS at the Meadow Bank Wharf, East Bank Demerara, and the Georgetown Fishermen Co-op Society, on Wednesday, shared their views on the improvements at the facility, following a recent visit by President, Dr. Irfaan Ali.

Fisherman, Ramlall Narine, told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that he has been in the fishing business for 35 years. He said catch has been fluctuating between a “good day and a not-so-good day.”

“[The catch] fluctuates. Some boats bring plenty and some boats bring ‘lil bit’ [and] it improving right now… the grant has helped me out a lot because it makes me able to buy more [for my fish] business…. I say thanks for the grant and I am looking forward to more [interventions],” Narine said.

Fisherman, Troy Lewis

Kunti Bisnauth, one of the vendors at the facility, spoke about her experience since security measures were implemented.

“Crime has eased down, so it helps you [and] I feel more comfortable, and a lil bit safer,” Bisnauth said.

Meanwhile, fisherman, Troy Lewis said: “We got two of the interventions, one of it is we get the light, which is very good because we need that and also, we are thankful for the security that he [President Ali] had put here at the outpost… so there is a great lot of improvement, but the main thing is that the wharf needs taking care of… we also need better leadership and management within the co-op society to make sure things are better,” Lewis said.

Fisherman, Ramlall Narine

President Ali made an impromptu visit to the location to experience first-hand the challenges faced by the stakeholders at the wharf.

Fishermen, vendors, and other stakeholders had voiced concerns about the conditions under which they ply their trade.

The President immediately instructed that a task force be established to advance a long-term master plan to ensure a conducive working environment for the hundreds of fisherfolks who utilise the wharf.

Further, Minister of Agriculture, Zulfikar Mustapha, during another visit, responded to the issues raised and indicated that efforts would be made to restore the facility.

The minister said, at that time, that some funds would be made available to carry out some repairs, and, hopefully, next year, provisions could be made through the budgeting process, “to do massive work and to rehabilitate this area”. (DPI)

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