17 Jan

GuySuCo threatens to cut water supply to 700 Crabwood Creek farmers

first_imgSome 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.last_img read more