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28 Feb 2011 description
report AlertNet

Source: Alertnet // Johann Earle

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AlertNet) - The effects of climate change are threatening the health of Guyana's vital rice industry, prompting the South American country to take steps to adapt the crop to withstand flooding, drought and other changes in weather patterns.

As a staple food and a valuable source of export earnings, rice is key to Guyana's economy.

09 Sep 2010 description

This report covers the period 01 January 2010 to 30 June 2010In brief

Programme purpose: National Societies in the Caribbean region are implementing efficient, responsive and focused programmes that contribute to improving the lives of vulnerable people. These programmes are aligned with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)?

08 Sep 2010 description

Georgetown, GINA, September 8, 2010

Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Pauline Sukhai today received a donation of 50,000 high-nutritional meals from the United States, through the US Embassy, to be distributed to flood-affected hinterland villages.

03 Sep 2010 description

Georgetown, GINA, September 3, 2010

Government continues to monitor the current extended La Nina period that is affecting livelihood in the hinterland regions. Against this backdrop, the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development in collaboration with the Amerindian Affairs Ministry to dispatched the variety of food stuff to aid the residents of North and South Pakaraima, Region Nine, which has been waterlogged for almost six weeks.

13 Aug 2010 description

Georgetown, GINA, August 13, 2010

The Government has over the years been transforming the country's landscape to withstand the effects of the changing weather patterns.

04 Jul 2010 description

Georgetown, GINA, July 4, 2010

Residents of Chinawying, an Amerindian community in Region Seven, who were affected by La Nina, were given food materials and other equipment by the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs and the Agriculture Ministry.

Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Pauline Sukhai, Permanent Secretary Colin Croal and Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, George Jarvis recently visited the village to provide support to the residents and provide solutions to issues that were affecting them.

Food items were distributed to residents of Chinawying and Wax Creek.

28 Jun 2010 description

A total of 23,986 Swiss francs (22,379 US dollars/ 16,340 euro) has been allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to deploy 2 Regional Intervention Team (RIT) members to perform initial damage and need assessments and provide support to the National Societies of Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago due to the effects of the drought.

Summary: At the beginning of January 2010 several Caribbean countries began experiencing severe water shortages due to lack of rain, which affected the agricultural sector.

19 May 2010 description

Georgetown, GINA, May 19, 2010

The prolonged El Nino dry conditions severely affected farmers hence a $300M assistance package was announced by President Bharrat Jagdeo to support them.

19 May 2010 description

- sixth of 12 facilities to be built in rice growing areas

Georgetown, GINA, May 19, 2010

As part of the $400M El Nino intervention by President Bharrat Jagdeo, to safeguard the livelihood of farmers and in keeping with Government's renewed thrust to modernise the agriculture sector, the sixth of 12 drying floors was commissioned today by Minister of Agriculture Robert Persaud.

Five others have already been commissioned at Crane, Region Three, Bath Settlement, Region Five, Bengal and Crabwood Creek, Region Six and Walton Hall, Essequibo, Region Two.

08 May 2010 description

Georgetown, GINA, May 8, 2010

Region Two farmers will benefit from the $300M assistance programme announced by President Bharrat Jagdeo to cushion the effects of El Nino.

03 May 2010 description

Minister of Agriculture Robert Persaud recently visited farmers of Leguan and Wakenaam to address various issues including those relating to flooding in the islands.

The Government is spending in excess of $50 M in drainage and irrigation on the islands which includes the construction of a sluice at Waterloo, which costs approximately $42 M.

30 Apr 2010 description

-helping farmers to recover from El Nino

Georgetown, GINA, April 30, 2010

Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud today visited farmers at Leguan and Wakenaam to launch a national recovery programme for rice farmers who suffered from the effects of El Niño.

In addition, the programme will be assisting other communities that have been affected.

The support programme will be two-fold: seed paddy and fertilisers will be distributed to the farmers who had lost their crops.

26 Apr 2010 description
  • Plant disease, pest control continues

    Georgetown, GINA, April 26, 2010

    With the aim of ensuring Guyana's food security, the Ministry of Agriculture will continue its heightened control of plant diseases and monitoring of other pests.

    This forms part of a multi-faceted government response to the prolonged El Nino phenomenon which seems to be in its final phase, according to hydro-meteorological projections.

    Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud said officials are involved in plant disease management and control since the dry season presents the ideal conditions for …

16 Apr 2010 description

The Guyana Hydrometeorological Office (Hydromet) today stated that the current weather condition is not a confirmed indication of the end of the prolonged El Nino period.

08 Apr 2010 description

Below average rainfall affected 2009 paddy production

Since May 2009, many parts of the country have been experiencing below average rainfall levels.

05 Apr 2010 description

Georgetown, Gina, April 5, 2010

President Bharrat Jagdeo spent the earlier part of his Easter holiday in the Rupununi, engaging in important discussions with Region Nine Toshaos on the challenges and solutions to the prevailing El Niño phenomenon which has wreaked havoc in several communities.

Accompanied by Minister of Public Service, Dr. Jennifer Westford, Minister of Amerindian Affairs Pauline Sukhai and representatives of the Guyana Water Incorporated, the President told the Toshaos gathered at the St.

04 Apr 2010 description

-Minister Persaud at commissioning of another drying floor

Georgetown, GINA, April 4, 2010

The fifth of 12 drying floors was commissioned today by Minister of Agriculture Robert Persaud, at Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice, part of the $400M El Nino intervention by President Bharrat Jagdeo, to safeguard the livelihood of rice farmers.

01 Apr 2010 description

-Minister Ali, officials assure drought affected Region One communities

Georgetown, GINA, April 1, 2010

The ever changing weather pattern continues to present new challenges to the availability of potable water as the impending climate change phenomenon modifies existing local environmental conditions, bringing many hardships to several Amerindian communities of the hinterland region.

31 Mar 2010 description


Congratulations are in order to the entire membership of the National Emergency Management Organisation as this Annual Report is number ten in an unbroken series. Started in 2000 the Committees of NEMO have consistently reported on the efforts to have Saint Lucia prepared to respond to a disaster.

The number 9-9-9 took on a new meaning as the only Hospital in the South St Judes Hospital caught a fire on September 9th, 2009. Again the population became aware that the hurricane was not the only hazard to be aware of.

15 Mar 2010 description

Hundreds of Region Three rice and cash crops farmers continue to benefit from necessary interventions by government through its agencies to mitigate the effects of El Nino. Since the advent of these conditions mid-last year, Region Three, one of the vulnerable farming communities around the country, has been the recipient of a significant number of resources and financing from the government as an ongoing programme initiated by the Ministry to deal specifically with irrigation needs around the country.