This Act provides for the establishment of an Agricultural Development Authority as a body corporate for the area described in Schedule 1. The principal tasks of the Authority are in the field of land regulation, land irrigation and drainage. The 40 sections are divided into 9 Parts: No title (sects. 1 and 2); Establishment and functions of the authority (sects. 3-5); Relationship with other agencies (sects. 6-14); Land provisions (sects. 15-20); Cooperative societies (sect. 21); Environmental protection (sect. 22); Operation, maintenance and management (sects. 23 and 24); Financial structure, water charges and accounting procedures (sects. 25-32); General provisions (sects. 33-40). The Authority, with the approval of the Minister, may make Regulations for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act (sect. 39). (2 Schedules)
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Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence.
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