Press release: Timehri squatting farmers were offered help to relocate

24th October, 2013

KINGSTON - It is unfortunate that the issue of cash crop and poultry farmers, who are squatting on Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), has been misconstrued in some sections of the media.

The Ministry’s objective, in collaboration with the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), has always centered around communication and feedback.

The Ministry has been engaging the farmers for several years – through letters and verbal communication - advising them of the airport’s expansion project and the imminent need for them to relocate. In fact, assistance was offered to expedite the application process for lands so that farmers would be able to maintain their livelihood at alternative locations.  

But despite these efforts, many of the farmers continue to cultivate on airport lands - although they are aware these lands are crucial for the extension of the runway.