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Guyana: Agriculture Minister meets Mahaicony Creek farmers -farmers urged to diversify

Govt. Guyana
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Georgetown, GINA, August 13, 2010

The Government has over the years been transforming the country's landscape to withstand the effects of the changing weather patterns. Improving key drainage and Irrigation systems continues to be a top priority in this transformation.

Residents of Mahaicony Creek were today given the opportunity to voice their concerns and make recommendations as it relates to issues affecting their livelihood, to Minister of Agriculture Robert Persaud.

The Minister was accompanied by technical officials from the Ministry, Representatives of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), Region Five Chairman Harrinarine Baldeo and Chairman of Mahaica, Mahaicony and Abary Agricultural Development Authority, Rudolph Gajraj.

The interactive session saw issues being addressed that relate to the rehabilitation of an access dam, excavation of draining structures and medical personnel to man the Mora Point health centre.

Minister Persaud in delivering remarks said that the meeting was to update farmers as it relates to Government's plan to manage the country's water systems and to ensure that they remain functional, in agricultural and residential areas; since the country is currently moving from an El Nino to a La Nina situation

"Giving what's happening globally with climate change, we see that we are moving into very extreme weather conditions now. All our systems have been on alert and infact we have to do our outmost to prevent any disaster-like situation. Those of you reading the news would see what is happening in Pakistan and T&T, where the countries have experienced the worst flood in their known history," he said.

The Hydrometeorological office has predicted that in August the country will experience 40 percent above normal rainfall, hence, conservancies, kokers, sluices and major water ways are being closely monitored across the country.

In line with this, he used the opportunity to advise all citizens, especially those in low lying areas that the country would be entering into a very rainy phase, and, therefore, farmers should be climate alert.

La Nina is an extreme phase of a naturally occurring climate cycle; oftentimes referred to as large-scale changes in sea-surface temperature across the tropical pacific.

Minister Persaud emphasised that all Government agencies involved in water management have since been on a high state of alert, since the December/January rainy season is oftentimes more active, compared to mid-year rains.