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Irrigation agency takes steps to minimise effects of drought

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2015 | 10:55 AM

A number of farming communities across the island are to benefit from a range of strategies to be implemented by the National Irrigation Commission (NIC) to mitigate the effects of the prolonged drought.

The NIC says as part of its plan to provide farmers with greater access to irrigation water, scores of storage tanks and wells are to be rehabilitated and farmers will be encouraged to engage in best practices for land and water management.

And the agency says it will be putting additional storage tanks into operation in Manchester to assist farmers in that parish.

Over in Clarendon, the NIC says pumps and wells that were out of service are being rehabilitated to supplement the surface water sources, while pumping hours will be extended in the parishes of St Catherine and St Elizabeth.