Some 700 farmers at Crabwood Creek, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) may be without access to water for their farm lands following threats by the state-run Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to close the only water source those farmers have on Thursday.The Crabwood Creek Water Users Association (CWUA) has expressed concern that all of the farmers in the Upper Corentyne, Region Six community, could be out of water if the GuySuCo’s Skeldon Estate, goes ahead with a threat to cut water supply to the farmers.National Drainage and Irrigation Authority CEO Fredrick FlattsThe CWUA has its own water source which GuySuCo had threatened to close off.In a letter dated July 5, GuySuCo said “the dislocated pipe must be fixed on or before July 30th, failing which management will be forced to remove the pipe…”CWUA on June 22, 2016 had brought to the attention of the Estate Management that machinery belonging to the GuySuCo damaged the HDPE tube beneath the estate’s link canal which supplies the Crabwood Creek farmers with irrigation water from the Halcrow Conservancy.Guyana Times understands that the GuySuCo excavator which damaged the tube was carrying out “private” work.The Association says the excavator was not working for the famers; therefore they should not be made to suffer.The Water Users Association on Wednesday informed Chief Executive Officer of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority, Fredrick Flatts of the threats made by GuySuCo and the impact it will have on the community.The farmers who will be affected are both cash crop and rice farmers.Flatts has promised to intervene.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The FSJ Hospital Foundation was presented with a donation of $13, 799.40 by the Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce.On Tuesday, July 16th the Hospital Foundation received the donation at the Chambers monthly luncheon. Monies were raised at the BC LNG Hole in One Golf Tournament, a visit to the Tse’k’wa, Charlie Lake Caves and then the ‘Creating Energy Dinner that hosted Chief Louie. The Fort St. John and District Chamber created an opportunity to build relationships within the Indigenous community and business sector by hosting the cultural events, thanking their partners for the events including, Treaty 8, FSJ Hospital Foundation and the many sponsors, attendees, and volunteers for their support. – Advertisement -“We are excited to have the opportunity to provide funds from three successful Chamber events to benefit the community through a donation to the FSJ Hospital Foundation.” said Cheryl Montgomery, Executive Director of the FSJ and District Chamber of Commerce “Our goal for next year is, of course, to grow our events and continue to give back to the community in a meaningful way.”