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Guyana Rice Development Board ready to mitigate any effects of the El Niño weather pattern

Screen shot 2014-05-20 at 12.33.05 AMA Special El Nino Working group is already in place to monitor and plan actions to reduce any adverse impact of El Nino on agriculture production.

The Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) is one of the several agencies that make up the recently established body.

Over the weekend the first meeting was held with the group which is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Agriculture. According to GRDB’s Deputy General Manager, Madanlall Ramraj discussions were centered on proper water use by farmers.

The Agriculture Ministry has since issued an El Nino watch after taking into consideration predictions by various Regional and International Forecasting and Weather Agencies.

Ramraj says with the adequate time he is convinced that enough can be done to monitor and put systems in place to ensure that rice crops are not lost this time around.

According to the Agriculture Ministry the country’s rainfall for the period of March, April and so far in May has been below the average amount expected for the same period from long term rainfall averages.

The action plan is also expected to take into consideration the fact that current water-levels in conservancies are lower than normal.

Based on international studies the Ministry says there is now more than a 65 percent chance that the Northern Hemisphere in which Guyana falls will experience El Nino conditions during June, July and August.

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