I just don't want govt to embark on another pipe dream, giving out land like Burnham only to be burnt. Gated communities may not be a bad idea if it is more profitable than farming. Remember these folks don't have the necessary equipment/knowledge to be efficient farmers. It is like throwing a hail Mary in football, hoping that cane cutters suddenly become efficient farmers. Not because they are Indians mean that they will be successful. This is reverse discrimination.
Let me ask you a question. If some one rents a house are they being given the house free?
And how many people in Guyana can afford those high priced US dollar gated communities?
Those cane cutters who fail will fail. Isnt that the law of capitalism? You take a chance and it doesn't work, so you go out of business. The fact remains that no one who isn't serious about farming is going to want to pay to lease this land. If they don't pay the lease they will be tossed off. Part of the terms of the lease will be to use the land for agricultural purposes and if they don't do this they are in breach so will be tossed off.
I am also willing to bet that a large % of the cane cutters will take the severance pay and use it to flee to Barbados or Trinidad or St Maarten.
Go ahead and build your US dollar gated communities but you better include US dollar priced security systems because with massive unemployment crime will definitely increase. You will not only have the cane cutters lose their jobs but then will rub salt in their eyes by giving away their lands to wealthy people who will build their country homes. A recipe for crime.