Depot Road Farmers need pond dredged...Ministry promises help

Farmers at Depot Road in Longdenville are calling on an intervention from the Ministry of Agriculture to assist in the irrigation of their crops as there is no pipe-borne water.

The farmers, who have been accessing water via a pond, are predicting severe drought for the 2020 Dry Season, similar to what they experienced last year.

The existing pond is filled with silt and is in dire need of dredging.

Locusts gone from Rochard Road

Res­i­dents of See­bal­ack Trace, Rochard Road, Pe­nal, who have been un­der siege by lo­custs since last week, got some re­lief yes­ter­day.

Geoscientist: No need relocation of Los Iros farmers

Farm­ers af­fect­ed by the emer­gence of six new vol­ca­noes in the Los Iros dis­trict should cul­ti­vate drought-tol­er­ant crops in­stead of tra­di­tion­al short crops, says se­nior geo­sci­en­tist, Xavier Moo­nan.

Speak­ing to Guardian Me­dia, Moo­nan said the soil near the vol­ca­noes was no longer hold­ing wa­ter as it once did.

More needed to encourage digital agriculture

If T&T’s agri­cul­ture sec­tor has to move for­ward, poli­cies are need­ed for su­per­mar­kets to buy from farm­ers and pri­vate sec­tor in­vest­ment is al­so nec­es­sary to ad­vise farm­ers on agri­cul­tur­al plan­ning as is suc­cess­ful­ly done in St Lu­cia and Ja­maica, says Agri­cul­tur­al So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Dhanoo Sookoo.

This was among rec­om­men­da­tions Sookoo made to Par­lia­ment’s Land and Phys­i­cal In­fra­struc­ture com­mit­tee yes­ter­day.

Farmers welcome thundershowers

Thun­der­show­ers drenched most of T&T on Sunday fol­low­ing a scorch­ing dry sea­son, bring­ing gusty winds which top­pled trees and broke branch­es in North Trinidad.

But by mid­day, the T&T Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Of­fice can­celled its ad­verse weath­er alert from yel­low to green say­ing weath­er con­di­tions had im­proved sig­nif­i­cant­ly al­though a few show­ers were still ex­pect­ed to linger in­to the night.

There were no re­ports of any ma­jor dam­age or flood­ing.

In South Trinidad, the rains start­ed around 7 am and last­ed well af­ter mid­day.