Twenty-seven communities in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) will benefit from works to be done by the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA). This is the first time that the NDIA will be working in the area.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Frederick Flatts stated that a large excavator and two smaller ones have been deployed to the Region to assist with drainage and irrigation works.“We are seeking to do enough works in Linden to make it possible for people to plant and so people can be more self-sufficient,” Flatts said.The NDIA CEO, however, noted that residential areas, including Block 22 and Coomacka, have drainage problems that require long-term solutions. He said the NDIA was prepared to assist with those long-term solutions.Work by the NDIA, in collaboration with Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs), started in the second half of 2015. Residential and farming communities had suffered from silted waterways, which led to persistent flooding.Flatts said this was the first time that the NDIA has executed drainage and irrigation works in the Region. He further noted that significant improvements in the drainage systems have been recorded. However, there is still more to be done, taking into consideration the important roles that other key farming and agricultural stakeholders play in the process.“In terms of persons being able to plant more in Linden, it takes more than just drainage and irrigation. There are other areas that have to be addressed, but we are seeking to do our part from the NDIA in terms of drainage and irrigation. If they need to do more works, we have the ability to hire equipment and to get those works done,” the CEO said.