Guyana to receive 14 more pumps
“Will help in the drainage system”- Dr Ramsammy
Farmers at Crabwood Creek, Corentyne, will no longer have to worry about flooding in their farmlands because a new fixed site pump will soon be installed in their village, according to the Minister of Agriculture, Dr Leslie Ramsammy.
The Minister made this announcement during his end of year briefing on the agriculture sector in Guyana, on Saturday.
Kaieteur News understands that there are currently 126 pumps operational in Guyana yet the “pumping capacity is critical”. According to the Minister, come next year, 14 more pumps will be imported, taking the total to 140 pumps.
The main idea of having all these pumps in Guyana is to combat the flooding which comes after heavy rainfall.
During the course of the past year, Kaieteur News carried a number of articles of farmers across Guyana tallying their losses after heavy rainfall. Some of the farmers, mostly cash crop farmers, lost billions of dollars while others were left without food.
The Minister, on Saturday, said that Crabwood Creek will be receiving a pump for the first time. Some other areas which will be receiving these pumps are Pine Ground in Mahaicony, Albion, Black Bush Polder, Rose Hall and Canal Polder.
Dr Ramsammy said that of the 14 pumps, six new mobile pumps which were procured as part of an arrangement with EXIM Bank, India, in a partnership between the Government of Guyana and the Government of India will arrived in Guyana this month while the remainder will arrive in March.