Guyana to boost drought relief efforts

2016-03-11 19:30


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Georgetown - Guyana says it is creating a special task force to improve relief efforts amid a prolonged drought that has shriveled crops across the South American country.

The office of President David Granger made the announcement on Friday after farmers reported losing more than 2 830ha of rice fields and hundreds of hectares of cassava and peanut fields. Farmers also have complained that they have not received any water from the government's emergency irrigation canals.

Rice is one of Guyana's main exports.

Granger has said there's a need to drill more wells because Guyana has not received significant rainfall for almost 10 months.

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