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.
Residents of Seebalack Trace, Rochard Road, Penal, who have been under siege by locusts since last week, got some relief yesterday.
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.
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.
Cocoa farmers in central Trinidad are expecting to export more of the valuable beans this year.
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.
Four Aranguez farmers pleaded not guilty to illegally siphoning water to their farms before a Port of Spain Magistrate this morning.
Ishwar Singh, Ted Rampersad, Teemal Ramesh, and Ramnath Moonilal appeared before Magistrate Magistrate Sanara Toon-McQuilkin in the Third court this morning to answer the charge of abstracting water from a watercourse without a license to water plants.
The matter was adjourned to June 3r after the prosecution said they had incomplete evidence summaries to present to the court this morning.