Cattle and rice farmers along the Upper Corentyne are calling on the government to signal
the green light in having the No. 52 drainage canal cleared about half a mile more to the rice cultivation area. The calls came at an opportune time as the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority has begun clearing the canal and providing farmers with some relief from the excess flood waters.
Mohindra Persaud, a rice cultivator and proprietor of Nand Persaud and Company, suggested that in order for both cattle and rice farmers to benefit, a half a mile more of clearing from the Sookram Crossing to the Cookrite Savannah, where the rice fields are located will provide major relief.
He stated that some farmers may want drainage and others, water. “With this, both rice and cattle farmers will benefit”.
According to him it would not cost much since two machines deployed by NDIA are currently clearing the No. 52 drainage canal from the Seafort Crossing to Sookram Crossing, Black Bush Polder.
Persaud disclosed that the No. 52 main drainage canal which has been in existence since the 50s has not been cleared in years hence the build-up.
At the same time the Cookrite Savannah was never a drainage and irrigation area. This effort is intended to link it to the existing drainage area to rid it of the flood waters that threatened the cattle.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister’s Representative Gobin Harbhajan confirmed that an NDIA team is currently clearing the canal in Yakasari to move water from the Cookrite Savannah. The National Drainage and Irrigation Authority has reported that water has been reduced by a foot as efforts continue to completely drain the area.
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