By Latoya Giles Just one day after Caribbean Ministers of Agriculture all agreed that the region needed to do more farming to feed itself, Chinese workers on the airport project yesterday destroyed several acres of crops belonging to farmers at Timehri.The Chinese workers are currently doing “soil testing” as the airport extension project continues. This newspaper was told that the workers came on Thursday morning with excavators to “grade” the land down, but residents protested. The workers eventually called in the police who instructed the residents to remove.A large plot of land which was excavated.The workers returned Friday morning and began excavating the area. When Kaieteur News visited the area yesterday several angry farmers were protesting against the destruction of their crops.Steven Edwards, a father of five, was in tears when he said that he had been farming at the location for more than 18 years. Edwards said that several other elders from the community who had cleared away the forest areas,China Jerseys Wholesale
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, but stated that they will be called in when locations have been ascertained. He mentioned that this is being determined based on the residents request as to where they prefer the house lots, since some persons have requested land along the East Coast and other places. Some have opted for Yarrowkabra.Back in April the authorities at the country’s only international airport were stumped by the decision of the National Assembly to cut funding for its extension plan by $5.3 billion and were uncertain about the status of the project.The Opposition,Cheap NFL Jerseys
, in effecting the budget cut, had argued that the government has been less than transparent on the extension plan for the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).