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Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Livestock Development Authority, Nigel Cumberbadge has rubbished claims made by the Stabroek News, that over thirty head of cattle were lost as a rest  of flooding in the Cane Grove, East Coast Demerara area.

“There are no cases of animal dead as a result of the recent flood. Such irresposnible reporting can not only cause trouble, but create somewhat of an alarm within the livestock community,” Mr. Cumberbadge said.

As recent as today, Extension Officers of the Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA) contacted both farmers and the Neighborhood Democratic Council (NDC), who both refuted claims of animal deaths.

On Monday last, a delegation of farmers visited the GLDA’s, Mon Repos office seeking its intervention for the NDC to not impound the animals, who were at the time grazing in the Cane Grove Community Ground. This was due to the fact that the backlands where the animals would normally graze were inundated due to the recent heavy downpours.

Representation was made by the Authority on behalf of the farmers and permission was granted for the ground to be used on the said day until the GLDA sought an alternative solution.

CEO, GLDA, Mr. Nigel Cumberbadge

CEO, GLDA, Mr. Nigel Cumberbadge

“The farmers had made a request for the animals to use the conservancy dam to access Big Island. Permission was not granted, as the dam cannot be used to graze animals especially in the rainy season…”the CEO clarified.

The Authority, in its attempt to find a solution to the issue, spoke with Managing Director of Trans Pacific, Mr. Ramsewack, who gave permission for the farmers to use part of the area where his animals would usually graze. The animals are located there to date and will remain until the water recedes completely, when they can safely return to their grazing land.

The Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA), Mr. Ramsewack and farmers will be having further dialogue when the conditions are favourable, on a way forward to address pasturage in the Region Four area.

The Authority is calling on members of the Media to be more responsible when reporting on issues of national importance and to desist from  sensationalism. The Ministry of Agriculture hopes this issue was an isolated one.

Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Livestock Development Authority, Nigel Cumberbadge has rubbished claims made by the Stabroek News, that over thirty head of cattle were lost as a rest  of flooding in the Cane Grove, East Coast Demerara area.

“There are no cases of animal dead as a result of the recent flood. Such irresposnible reporting can not only cause trouble, but create somewhat of an alarm within the livestock community,” Mr. Cumberbadge said.

As recent as today, Extension Officers of the Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA) contacted both farmers and the Neighborhood Democratic Council (NDC), who both refuted claims of animal deaths.

On Monday last, a delegation of farmers visited the GLDA’s, Mon Repos office seeking its intervention for the NDC to not impound the animals, who were at the time grazing in the Cane Grove Community Ground. This was due to the fact that the backlands where the animals would normally graze were inundated due to the recent heavy downpours.

Representation was made by the Authority on behalf of the farmers and permission was granted for the ground to be used on the said day until the GLDA sought an alternative solution.

“The farmers had made a request for the animals to use the conservancy dam to access Big Island. Permission was not granted, as the dam cannot be used to graze animals especially in the rainy season…”the CEO clarified.

The Authority, in its attempt to find a solution to the issue, spoke with Managing Director of Trans Pacific, Mr. Ramsewack, who gave permission for the farmers to use part of the area where his animals would usually graze. The animals are located there to date and will remain until the water recedes completely, when they can safely return to their grazing land.

The Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA), Mr. Ramsewack and farmers will be having further dialogue when the conditions are favourable, on a way forward to address pasturage in the Region Four area.

The Authority is calling on members of the Media to be more responsible when reporting on issues of national importance and to desist from  sensationalism. The Ministry of Agriculture hopes this issue was an isolated one.

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