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GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Feb 8, CMC – The Guyana government says it intends holding a lottery for mining regions of the country, as a means of ensuring local communities are not robbed or taken advantage of in land allocations.
Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman, told residents and the Regional Chairman of Mahdia, Bonaventure Fredericks that he had taken step towards holding a lottery to benefit the local community.
He said he had written to the appropriate authorities “about a lottery to maybe make it mining districts specific, so the people who are in this mining district will benefit and not somebody coming from outside,” he said, noting that everything has to be balanced between settlements, now that Mahdia has been declared a town.
“There are some tension and conflicts between where the town’s boundaries are and mining lands, we have to resolve those.”
The lottery for mining properties is expected to particularly assist small miners. However, Trotman said this is not the only reason the initiative is being proposed, since this will also aid in the separation of agricultural lands.
“If you are going to be a town you also have to sustain yourself with agricultural produce,” he said, noting that Mahdia in Region 8, is an integral part of the Guyanese community both economically and culturally and the government will continue to do what is necessary for the town’s development.