Apoteri village is located between the Rupununi and Essequibo rivers. The name Apoteri comes from the Arawak name of a tree. The history and development of Apoteri village is closely tied to the balata industry. In the 1970s Apoteri was formed as a base for the business firm, Booker Brothers, McConnell & Company, popularly known as Bookers. Workers from all over the region came to work there mainly from villages in the south Rupununi like Shea, Sand Creek, Sawariwau and Kraudarnau. Today the village has several tribes including Patamona, Wapishina and Makushi.
In 1973 the village got its first paid teacher and others villages namely Rewa, also came to attend the school. The community credits retired Headmaster and longtime resident, Naidu (from Anna Regina) with the high standard of education and the progression of several students to secondary school in recent years.
In 1987 Guyana Stores started working in the area. The main activities in the community are mainly agricultural such as farming cash crops, planting peanut and fishing which was then bought by Guyana Stores. In 1998 Guyana Stores handed over its activities to the community. The community still relies heavily on subsistence farming and hunting.
Apoteri village has been a member of the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB) since 2002. In 2002, Conservation International Guyana (CIG) created a conservation concession in the upper Essequibo and Apoteri along with Rewa and Crash Water became stakeholder communities. The community now benefits annually from a small grant to support community development under the Voluntary Community Investment Fund (VCIF).
|Area of Land||71.88|
|Name of Toshao||Clement Joseph|
|Total Number of Councillors||8|
|Number of CSO’s||10|
|Number of households||52|
|1 st Language||Wapashina, Makushi, Patamona|
|2 nd Language||English|
|Means of communication||H.F Radio|
|Means of Electricity||Generator|
|Types of transportation||Boat and engine, bicycle, paddle boat|
|Nearest Town or Village for marketing linkages||Annai|
|Soil Type||Sandy loam, Laterite|
|Major economic activities||Farming, Hunting, Fishing|
|Name of Nursery School||Apoteri Nursery School|
|Number of Nursery School Students||23|
|Name of Primary School Students||Apoteri Primary School|
|Number of Primary School Students||54|
|Number of Teachers||3|
|Type of Health Facility||Health Centre|
|Health Personnel||Malaria Personnel, CHW|
|Other Main Buildings||Market Shed, Guest house, CI-Office|
|Other Equipment||Horse power engine, 40 horse power engine, Aluminum boat (1), Chainsaw(1), Fogging Machine, Brush cutter, Plough, Generator, Water pump|
|List of Social Groups and Clubs||Wildlife Club, Youth Group, Farmers Group, Sports Club, PTFA, Mother’s Union, Prayer Center Youth Fellowship, Sewing Group|