Caribbean: Drought - Feb 2010
Since January 2010 several Caribbean countries have been experiencing severe water shortages due to the lack of rain which is also affecting the agricultural sector. The Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology in Saint James, Barbados, has issued drought alerts for the south-eastern Caribbean (IFRC, 19 Feb 2010).
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.
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)?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
-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.
- 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 …
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.
Below average rainfall affected 2009 paddy production
Since May 2009, many parts of the country have been experiencing below average rainfall levels.
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.
-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.
-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.
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.
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.