Farmers cultivating rice on the northern half of the Essequibo Coast would now be able to access water from the main canal to commence the process of the irrigation of their farmlands. Waters are released from the main conservancy at Tapakuma.
The process was facilitated by the Region Two Administration which released ten barrels of fuel to orchestrate the operation of the “ DAWA” pump station, which is also known as the Tapakuma Irrigation project, on Wednesday.
Nandranie Coonjah, Region Two Vice Chairman, was on spot yesterday to witness the release of water which was pumped from the “ DAWA” facility into the main canal. He said that currently some 16,000 thousand acres of rice lands are presently under cultivation, and those farmers who were waiting on waters to irrigate their lands would be somewhat relieved now that much needed waters would be in their capacity to access.
Coonjah added that on a daily basis rice farmers visit her office, and make repeated requests for water to irrigate their farmlands since they are experiencing a dry spell. The process would allow farmers on the North to access waters for two weeks.
Galton Fredricks, one of the operators attached to the “DAWA” pump station, said that waters are only released from the pumping facility once farmers make those requests. Fredricks said that pumping water from the facility began since Monday. (Yannason Duncan)
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