Friday 10 April, 2020

All hands on deck for drought management

Pearnel Charles Jnr

Pearnel Charles Jnr

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (MEGJC), Pearnel Charles Jnr, has announced a multi-sectoral approach to deal with drought management.

 Speaking at a drought management press conference at Jamaica House on Thursday, Charles said the activation of a Drought Management Committee is geared at managing a proactive execution of the drought management plan.

“The plan that we have to manage the drought is a multi-sectoral approach to sustainable drought management,” said Charles.

The island has suffered from severe droughts each year, which severely affect the lives of most of the population who have had to collect and store water for personal use whenever the precious liquid flows through their pipes. The lack of water also has serious economic ill effects, as farmers are also adversely affected.

The Drought Management Committee includes the MEGJC, the National Water Commission (NWC), the Water Resources Authority (WRA), Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL), the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development (MLGCD), the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), and a number of private sector stakeholders.

“The drought management plan was extracted from the National Water Sector Policy, and the committee is a sub-committee of the Integrated Water Resources Management Council (IWRMC),” Charles said.

The Drought Management Plan is also a sub-plan of the National Disaster Plan that is being developed by ODPEM, which is also the chair of the Drought Management Committee.

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