Roadside Market at Mon Repos E.C. Demerara – video

Mon Repos Roadside Market – video

Want to be homesick for the many fruits and vegetables available in Guyana?  Well look at this video of a roadside market at Mon Repos on the East Coast of Demerara.  This is just one of the many markets around Guyana.

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  • Cyril Balkaran  On May 20, 2012 at 11:46 am

    The Market economy is a fastly growing small scale to medium scale business in many countries. It is a meeting place where no minor infrastructure exist for vending of agriculture products, fish and meat and haberdashery items. It is the sheer will power of those who want to operate this business anywhere on the roadside and to stand the conditions of nature elements as sunshine or rainfall on a day to day basis. It is rather convenient shopping in many third world countries. The authorities do not encourage roadside vending nor do they provide washroom facilities for the vendors and larger public who come to make purchases or to vend their items. In some countries lay ways for such roadside vending are provided as this encourages employment as self employment and should be encouraged. There is no supervision as such and items for sale are not always kept on shelves nor tables for display. Ground contamination of raw vegetables can occur and as this picture displays fresh Ochroes, cabbages, carille or bitter courd in large quantities,but these are well displayed on tables 3 feet high. Market infrastructure is the domain of the local government and a special person in the name of market clerk is given overall supervision for matters pertaining to the sale food and food items. A watch is kept of fish, meat,and other perishables that must be stored in certain temperatures to maintain its quality, wholesome value and freshness. It lovely to visit and make purchases from these open and roadside convenient lay ways that are called markets! Guyana is full of these I had an opportunity to visit the Parika stelling market and the Charity, Essequibo markets! Good prices, fresh products and vendors with a fine sense of humour!

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On May 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Enjoyed listening to the conversation too.

  • Lenny Singh  On May 21, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Guyanese are an industrious and happy people irrespective of what is happening politically with a government that is not allowed to govern effectively by disgruntled, vindictive groups with personal vendettas who pretend to put country first but who, effectively, are against the development of this beautiful land of Guyana.

    These are all power-hungry groups with their hands firmly tucked and feet firmly place to try and grab power at all cost.

    They will grab at even the most insignificant issue and try to politicise.

    But none of them have the ordinary people- like these very vendors- at heart.

    All they can see is power and money. Nothing else.

    Notwithstanding what they do, those ordinary vendors will continue to be happy and hard-working and would never be marginalised. People who claim to have been marginalised are those who are lazy and expect every thing to be served-up on a platter.

    Just ask Robert Corbin and his fowl farm project at `marginalised’ Buxton.

    Those `marginalised’ ate all the fowls and chickens. Gold was turned into stone!!

  • Cyril Balkaran  On May 21, 2012 at 5:53 am

    I am really at a loss to know exactly why successive governments have in some ways failed to open the 83,000 square miles of Guyanese land mass to the 750,000 Guyanese at home and to the one million persons of Guyanese ancestry living in the Global villages around the world. It is not the sacred duty of any Government except it is written in the Constitution not to distribute lands for developments as large agricultural holdings! So far it is only given to housing development everywhere, but when will the agriculture part of the development start. The food security has reached the doorsteps of the UN and every country with excess population is starting to make some program to ensure they can feed themselves. If Government is the custodian of such land then the applicants for such large holdings must come forward now and let their applications be accepted or rejected. but I fail to comprehend why our citizens do not show an interest in acquiring more lands elsewhere as in the fertile Demerara river basin, the Essequibo and in Berbice itself. Is it because we do not want to wet our feet in this kind of industry. Remember Guyana is bathed in the fresh waters of the Amazon and its the water that makes the land arable and more fertile. Do we not have a responsibility to push the Government and the Agriculture Ministry towards this land development packages for small and large Community holdings. Every Communnity must be given large agricultural leases for 99 years and they must start the land development. Plant coconut plants, staple food, seasonal foods, ground provision, rice, cane and you name it. This Community Agricultural Holdings can be made in some small measure first then expanded from Region to Region. Its a people oriented project. Government will assist or should assist with a minimum of infrastructure development. How was Black Bush Polder developed in the 1960’s? How did the Mahaicony Abary Rice Development Project happen. It was the willingness of the people to go that was and it was the interest of the then Government to partner with the people. A lot of noise was also made in the Parliament by those elements who today could not debate any issues on Agriculture in the Budget Cutting Exercise. Lets bring in a Community Land Lease Program for the people and let us see how vociferous those voices of development will be! Over to you the Community and the Minister of Agriculture for inciting the proposed Land Agricultural Development plan 2012-20015. There is enough time to deal with the issues and to contribute to these debates in the positive interest of Food Security.

  • Donna  On May 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I grew up relatively close to this market so the video brings back
    many precious memories. Reminds me how much I miss Guyana sometimes, the
    abundance, the humour and the hard working people

  • Brian Campbell  On May 22, 2012 at 3:22 am

    God Bless Dear land of Guyana And the People,We are blessed with Guidance ,Strength & Courage .

    • George Singh  On May 29, 2012 at 2:17 am

      Well said Brian, well said !! Thank you for your comment it arose some very strong feelings for me.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On May 22, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Dear Brian, God always help those who help themselves! This is the biblical teaching to which I subscribe also. Those unfortunate persons who complain and are always in need should examine themselves and must be counselled for the Bible says “Blessed are the poor for they shall inherit the earth” What are they expecting the blessings are there for them but they must meet their faith half way. I mean if they are able bodied then they must till the land and plant some good vegetables and nice tropical fruits to sell and earn a good living. The markets are the place to make a living and for selling the labour of love. Those who sow shall reap and their harvest shall be bountiful. Christ said to Peter one of his twelve apostles then, cast your nets here and their nets were full of the catch of fishes. They were happy for they had toiled all day without a catch. Now he told them Come, follow me and I shall make you fishers of men! Do what is right because it is right, expect no rewards for doing your duty! Laziness is a circumstancial excuse for begging and expecting handouts. It was for these reasons the state is blamed for the rising poverty index! The eradication of poverty has been done in Europe only. The rest of the world has to find ways and means to move closer to the term eradication. Guyana can become the Food BAsket of the region including CARICOM countries but where is the Regional Agricultural Plan. We have had a Regional Security Plan in place for the World Cup series in 2007. The caricom secretariat must be busy with the regional leaders and get them to plan for the CARICOM countries! Who must initiate such an Agricultural Plan, certainly not the poor amongst us! Wake up CARICOM to the vast potential that await you nations. Lets bring a CARICOM Agricultural Plan. Move Protectionism out of the way and see liberalisation at work in the agriculture field!

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