Thursday 20 June, 2019

Farmers feeling the pinch with 3 hours of water daily from BADMC

Down from nine hours of water per day to three hours daily from the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC), farmers in districts around the island are feeling the impact of the drought conditions being experienced on island.

Word of this came from a credible source at the BADMC today, Friday, June 7, 2019.

Loop reached out after it was reported in another section of the media that St. Philip farmers at River were complaining about the lack of water and are calling for a meeting with Barbados' head, Prime Minister Mia Mottley.

The officer, speaking under anonymity, said that currently, "We can only afford to give the farmers three hours per day instead of the regular schedule."

Speaking to the situation at present, the officer explained that the BADMC provides water to the wells throughout the farming districts for irrigation but because the water levels in the wells have been "so low" instead of water being provided from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on a daily basis then being shut off at night so the wells can replenish, now water is only provided for three hours during each day. Asked about the procedure, it was explained that the order is rotated between the North, South, East and West but he assured water is pushed to the many districts for the allotted time as promised and expected.

In relation to the St. Philip farmers' cry, it was reported that farmers from Riverland, Mapps and Sandford, one of their water woes is a blockage of water from the stream from Tree Houses. Supposedly, these farmers, exceeding 50 in number, met at the River Plantation yesterday evening, Thursday, June 6, 2019, and spoke to members of the media.

George Walton, who cultivates seven acres at Riverland, is recorded as saying:

"My request right now is for the actual Prime Minister to come up and actually see the conditions up here at River... to come up with a solution to assist all of us."

He further said that they have been appealing for "the Browne's Pond to be opened up, the actual course from Three Houses down to be cleaned on an annual basis and thirdly, just before the water goes to the wells over the side, we would need another catchment open up that would actually store enough water to keep us through the dry period which is about three months and we would be alright.

And [then] this area can really produce some food if they maintain a steady flow of water to the farmers."

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