Minister Parmanand Sewdien of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries (LVV), says the Wakay pumps will be serviced. The intention is to do this with funds from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The minister recently made this announcement during an orientation visit to Wageningen. The LVV CEO mainly looked at the operation of the existing pumping stations in the area for the rice sector.
One of the four pumps does not work; one is running perfectly and the others are not running at full capacity. Those pumps have been running for a week, making the rise in the water level noticeable. Sewdien also indicated that due to the persistent drought, the salt tongue is not far from the area, which can also have negative consequences for the irrigation water.
The minister hopes that approximately 5,000 to 7,000 hectares can be sown this season. Besides Wageningen, Minister Sewdien looks at the entire water management of the district. According to him it is also important that the Wakay pumps remain in operation.
With regard to the water boards in Nickerie, the minister indicated that they will be managed by the Ministry of LVV. Previously they were managed by the Ministry of Regional Development and Sport. The agreements have already been made within the political top and they are waiting to be implemented in accordance with the legal procedures.