Poor dams affect reaping of 13, 000 acres of rice
Some 13, 000 acres of rice ready for harvesting on the Corentyne Coast cannot be reaped because of the nature of the dams used to transport the paddy, Region Six Chairman Zulfikar Mustafa confirmed yesterday.
Mustafa has ordered that due to the prevailing adverse weather conditions, no heavy-duty machinery would traverse the dams until April 10. The decision was taken at a meeting held between Mustafa and combine owners and rice farmers.
The Regional Chairman is appealing to all stakeholders to adhere to these guidelines since the RDC and the Water Users Association have invested millions of dollars recently to upgrade the access dams.
However, the dams are easily damaged when heavy-duty vehicles traverse on them during the rainy season. The Association said the decision to suspend the use of the dams was taken unanimously and would be reviewed this Friday.
In cases of emergency where farmers have to take their paddy out from the fields, they will have to use waterways. Mustafa said the Regional Administration is assisting with this.
The Association has threatened that persons who are found damaging access dams will be prosecuted in accordance with Chapter 90:05 of the Water Users Association bylaws.