The Ministry of Agriculture, as part of its ongoing investment to support diversification and rehabilitation of drainage and irrigation (D & I) structures in the country is continuing its US$6 million (G$1.2 billion) programme in Region 3.
At a press conference at the Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday, Senior Civil Engineer of the Agriculture Sector Development Unit (ASDU), Fredrick Flatts, said a total of $385 million in works will be done in the areas of Vergenoegen/Bonasika and Den Amstel/Fellowship to repair control structures and access roads.
It was explained that under this project, a total of 56 D & I structures such as head regulators, secondary culverts, irrigation panels and main outfall sluices will be rehabilitated.
Additionally, 38 bridges will be replaced and 26 km of access roads will undergo repairs and reconstruction. Thus far, 15 per cent of the works have been completed in this area.
The Agriculture Ministry will also be spending a total of $267 million for control structures and access roads in the areas between Vreed– en–Hoop and La Jalousie, West Coast Demerara, where some 34 D & I structures will be rehabilitated, 13 bridges replaced and 11 km of access roads repaired and reconstructed.
According to Flatts, 10 per cent of the works are completed in this aspect of the project. Also, another $358 million will be expended in Canals Number 1 and 2, West Bank Demerara to rehabilitate 58 D & I structures, along with repairing 12 bridges and 18 km of access roads. It was also noted that there will be the rehabilitation of D & I structures in Crabwood Creek as well as Golden Grove/Victoria.
Flatts said that the Agriculture Ministry will also advertise tenders for additional works in rehabilitating pump stations in Regions 4 and 6.
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