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“We were the best stewards of the forest” – Jagdeo says natural resources sector in “shambles”

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has fired back at Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman over allegations that “productive forests” were “shared out” under the former PPP administration.

This is after Trotman told the House on Thursday that on his ascension to office, an alarming discovery was made relative to forestry in Guyana.

“We discovered that 100% or all of our productive forest was allocated by the past Government. This is what a former head of state would have referred to as confounded nonsense,” Trotman told the House.

He questioned “how could a responsible government preside over the allocation of all – not some, but all of its productive forest?” What about future generations?”

But Jagdeo in parliament on Friday stated that just over 55% of state forests was given to investors.

“The fact is about 55% of the state forests has been given out so far in our history…It is not true that all of our state forests have been given away,” said the Opposition Leader.

He did not make the differentiation between state forests and productive forests but went on to say that the PPP in Government were the best managers of Guyana’s forestry.

“We were the best stewards of the forests we kept the forests intact…we negotiated the best forest deal in the world,” the former President declared.

He also accused the government of mismanaging the sector again pointing to the lack of a climate change policy.

“Our natural resources sector is in shambles – we have no climate change policy…the greening of Bartica is not a climate change policy,” said Jagdeo.

He said that a climate change policy it is about low carbon development strategy – “it is how we create new industries to export.”

  • SYL

    The DEA is watching and keeping notes.so fat cat “J” try to put your house in order, because jet guy is already apprehended by the DEA. Who’s next. Roger Khan is coming out soon to whistle like a bird. .Where is Ramotar?

  • Emile_Mervin

    BEST STEWARDS OF GUYANA’S FORESTS? AND NO WOOD PROCESSING FACILITY?
    Jagabt lives by the maxim: “Tell a lie, make it big, repeat it often and after a while it will begin to pass for the truth.”