Guyana is getting assistance from the Belize-based Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) to establish a network of automatic weather stations.
Agriculture Minister, Robert Persaud made the disclosure in response to a series of questions from Peoples National Congress Reform’s (PNCR) Shadow Agriculture Minister, Mervyn Williams during consideration of the 2011 budgetary estimates.
Persaud said Guyana needs almost 30 automatic weather stations, with each costing at least GUY$2 million from a United Kingdom supplier.
CCCC’s Science Adviser, Dr. Ulric Trotz and Director, Dr. Kenrick Leslie recently visited Guyana and held talks on how that regional organisation could help with the establishment of the stations, Persaud said. At least GUY$15 million have been set aside in the 2011 budget specifically for buying the stations but the minister could not immediately say how many of the 30 will be purchased until CCCCC provides its input.
The Agriculture Minister told the House that the automatic weather stations will provide real-time data; the main focus being on areas of Guyana’s hydro-power potential. Several potential sources of hydrower including Amalia Falls and Turtruba Falls have been identified.
Guyana also wants the weather stations to monitor rainfall in the Intermediate Savannas as part of efforts to inform prospective investors.