The Guyana government says it’s prepared for court battles as it moves to repossess an estimated 5,000 acres of former sugar estate land at Wales in West Bank Demerara for housing.

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo, says the government plans to file legal action against those who seized the land to plant coconut trees but have not done so to date.

In November 2019, Jagdeo criticized the allocation of the land to the Amazonia Expert Services, AES, for coconut production based on his claim that no feasibility study had been conducted.

The then David Granger-led coalition leased 700 acres of land at Wales to AES.

The company had announced plans to produce and export coconut water, dried and grated coconut to the Dominican Republic, and coir to the United States.

Jagdeo says the government is searching for land to allocate 14,000 house lots in Region Three of Guyana.