Guyana Gold Miners Association seeks major improvements in the mining sector – 11th Jan 2013
Increased security, Malaria and finding an alternative to the use of mercury to recover Gold, are the main challenges facing the Gold mining sector. This is according to the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association.
The association is seeking major improvements in the sector which continues to show record declarations over the past several years. At his first media briefing for this year, President Ramotar said, that his administration is committed to improving infrastructure in the areas.
The President also disclosed that increased efforts will be made in the development of manganese and bauxite.
Miners have been clamouring for infrastructural works to improve access to several mining areas just as is the case in the Sugar estates, where the road network is vastly superior. The miners recently met with Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee, and Health Minister, Bheri Ramsarran, to get commitments from them on the issues they raised. The association also reaffirmed its support for the work the Ministry of Natural Resources will be undertaking to boost the sector.
For 2012, gold declaration stood at 438,000 ounces according to the Guyana Gold Board.