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Not Only Poor People Squat on Land

And there is the issue of squatting. As the Lands Minister, Cordel Hyde, explained, squatting remains a challenging matter but the employees at the Ministry are working arduously to  resolve that particular issue. 

For years, it’s been thought that only poor people squat but according to Minister Cordel Hyde, that’s not entirely true. Persons who are well off and rich are also squatting. Here is how he explained it. 

Cordel Hyde, Minister of Natural Resources, Petroleum & Mining: “What I’ve discovered is that squatting is not purely the jurisdiction of the have nots. What I’ve found is that squatting happens across classes, across economic lines in this country. Yeah, you have that. You have greed. You have a lot of cultivation going on. We’ve discovered a lot of farmers, not necessarily big farmers. A lot of small farmers have cultivated huge chunks of land, have sugar cane, have vegetables, have all kinds of things on lands that they’ve not been able to formally get the papers for but they’ve been there for decades. They’ve been there for decades but because as you know the system in getting documentation, on getting regularised isn’t so easy. But, you have to live. You have to feed your family.”