Government Member of Parliament (MP), Jennifer Wade, representing Region Five, in her budget presentation to the National Assembly on Tuesday, said Region Five residents will experience great benefits from the 2017 budget.
MP Wade said the sum allocated will be spent wisely throughout the region, in all areas earmarked.
Member of Parliament and Region Five representative , Jennifer Wade.
“I am proud and excited about the prospects of delivering the good life to all of Region Five; the Government delivered in 2016 and we will also deliver in 2017,” MP Wade said.
Government respects women and will place much emphasis on the their empowerment, the MP said.
She reminded that the First Lady empowered women to manage small businesses and most of them are involved in skill programmes, creating employment for themselves and other villagers.
As it relates to culture, youth and sports, Wade said that this Government is concerned about youths and has given opportunities to them to keep fit, focused and active.
Wade said that recreational facilities in villages are being upgraded throughout the Region and the Government Youth Policy should be applauded because it focuses on reducing risk factors.
“Our programmes will generate support and allocate resources to make youth comfortable in the region,” Wade said.
Region Five is agricultural in nature, producing the largest amount of rice, and vegetables. MP Wade added that in 2017, $2.3 Billion has been allocated to the Region for drainage and irrigation. Wade noted that this Government will continue to support the agriculture industry and will continue the push to access to new trade partners.
“The rice industry remains challenged in terms of cost of production and competitiveness and I can say to the farmers of Region Five that you will benefit greatly from the 2017 budget,” Wade said.
Government has an obligation to assist in stabilising the process to benefit farmers and also ensure that the necessary systems are in place to protect their livelihood, Wade said.
Budget 2017 was presented on November 28, under the theme “ Building a Diversified Green Economy Delivering the Good Life to all Guyanese”.
The MP said Region Five welcomes this fresh approach in charting a new development path for Guyana.