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Mahaica Farmers Badly Affected by Heavy Rainfall

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Even as many residents along the coast and other low lying communities continue to experience the effects of flooding due to constant rainfall, rice farmers in the Mahaica/Mahaicony Creeks are especially feeling the squeeze.

Many of the farmers in those communities continue to complain that their crops are being threatened.

Since 2005 they said they have been calling on the authorities to address the drainage Situation in the area, but to date nothing has been done to remedy the problem.

In a recent visit to Mahaica to assess the flood situation there. Agriculture Minister Robert Persaud told farmers that efforts are being made to address the problem and prevent any further losses. He promised that excavators will be deployed to the area to embark on emergency drainage works.

But even as many of the farmers are convinced that the problem has a lot to do with drainage, the Agriculture Minister said that the residents and farmers also have to do their part to alleviate the problem.

The Mahaica/Mahaicony area over the years has been one of hardest hit when it comes to flooding.

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