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Guyana: Gov’t commissions $103M pump station in Essequibo-283 farmers to benefit from the venture

RESIDENTS living within the communities of Columbia, Aberdeen, Three Friends, Land of Plenty, Mainstay, Reliance as well as its immediate front lands, will now experience improved drainage and irrigation now that the Government of Guyana, through the National Drainage and Irrigation (NDIA) and the Ministry of Agriculture, has commissioned a $103M new state-of-the-art pump station at Three Friends Village.

The installation of the pumps will significantly reduce flooding in the area with its capacity of 240 cubic feet of water per second. The cost for the pump included the construction of two metal pump houses, two trash racks, two 1,100-litre fuel tanks, an access road, an operation house and a vehicle. The project was awarded to Samaroo’s Investment.

Addressing a large gathering of farmers, residents and governmental officials at the commissioning ceremony held at Three Friends, Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder said that his ministry has been concentrating on water management as a critical area of focus since the vast majority of the country’s agriculture is practiced in the low-lying Regions of Two, Three, Four, Five and Six. “Climate change is likely to cause extensive and chronic flooding, the inundation of valuable agricultural lands and loss of crops caused by increased frequency of heavy rain; these when compounded by rising sea levels will have negative effects on the drainage coefficient, this can result in a negative effect in Guyana’s economy, therefore we need to be able to mitigate these climatic changes where our water resources and management is concerned,” Minister Holder said.

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