The Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary Agriculture Development Authority’s (MMA/ADA) drainage infrastructure is handling the current rainy season adequately.
General Manager Aubrey Charles told the Department of Public Information (DPI): “In the Berbice/Abary area we have three sea sluices at the communities of Profit, Trafalgar and D’Edward. In addition to our pump at Trafalgar, the NDIA [National Drainage and Irrigation Authority] also has a pump station there. So, during the tide lock period when you can’t get drainage via the sluices, the pumps kick in and continue to drain the area.”
Charles said the drainage infrastructure throughout the district is constantly being maintained and upgraded to ensure it remains in good working order.
“In the Abary/Mahaicony area we have three operable drainage sluices. So, there are no major drainage issues that would warrant the use of a pump. In the Mahaica/Mahaicony area we also have three operable sea sluices – one to the Mahaica River, one at Farm to the Mahaicony River and the third at Cottage. These are regularly serviced in terms of the rollers, the wire ropes and the winches and so on.”
The MMA/ADA is the authority tasked with the administration of state lands in the West Berbice area. It is a semi-autonomous agency under the Ministry of Agriculture and currently receives in excess of $200Million annually from the government to fund its recurrent expenses such as wages and salaries and utility costs.