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Coverden farmers seek compensation after floods destroy cash crops

shot0003Meet Rawle Clarke who said that he is one of the largest farmers at Coverden on the East Bank of Demerara, but for some four months now he has been suffering huge losses as a result of extensive flooding in the farm lands.

He said the problem is the construction of this culvert that is affecting the drainage of the community.

Today he and other farmers complained about the loss of their cash crops. They believe that no one in authority is looking into their concerns.

The farmers said on a weekly basis they will earn between 50 to 100 thousand dollars. But now with the prevailing situation it is difficult for them to earn.

The farmers said repeated attempts were made to have some form of compensation but they are being pushed around.

And the quality of work undertaken by the contracting firm came in for a bit of criticism by an engineer from the community.

The work on the culvert started in January and was expected to finish three months later. The residents said that they predicted this situation and made attempts to have the contractor put alternative systems in place to drain the land.

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