Finding food for our
GUYANA, the land of many Committee, all may be not
waters, has more than lived too bq. But for the other
up to its name for the past 5,000 and the Georgetown
couple of months. And it is citizenry, it is likely to be "
very likely that it w1ll con- catch as catch can.
tinue to do so for the next The Committee, however. a c
month and perhaps a while 1q quitq optimistic. And if a
longer. optimism I s the controlling
Reports from the Pomeroon factor, then the problem is O sl
and the Essequibo, from Ma- licked even before its pro- dt. is t
ha-ca and Mahaioony. from portion are realized. room acco to
ba~ca and theEs aibofrom Mao fbe hnirrved, waiters will re-
the main farming areas which "Of Wourse We will take be proved, waiters will re-
provide our food, tell of care only of the 1,000 official cve fresher courses and
floods unprecedented in particat". the C nmmit- ees are to be n
their intensity and destruc- tee's Miss Maga Pollard said Indivdual hotels will most
tive force, much more so brightlgtlast week. Inobadly make arrangements
than those of 1934.ements
And stil the ao n c14 TE OTHERoi for groups of participants to
And stil te take .n s with them, form-
tinue. "They will be housed in ulating a menu to meet their
Rice crops have been lost the 250 units at CARIFESTA preferences.
and the time for planting for City. Each house will be pro- It is hooed, though. that
the next crop is already upon vided w-th a maid for tidying these \preferences will re-
the farmers, who can do little and serving breakfast each volve about meat dishes,
but gaze on their flooded morning. For lunch and din- Those with a penchant for
acres in frustration nter, each person will be vegetable dishes might very
Vegetable and fruit farms given a stipend and with this well be disappointed for a
have been overrun by water he can have his meals at any good many meals.
bursting the confines of ir- restaurant in the city. The
rigation dams resulting in amount of the stipend is yet THE FI ODED FARMS
waterlogged and rotting pro- to be decided on", Miss Pol-
duce. lard said. It cold be that the admn-
Added to this are reports A t irs blush, making the Istration has kept an ace in
of saboteurs at work in some visitor sed for himself for the hole, in the form of vege-
of saboteurs at work in some un a itnerdesseem tables and greens and im-
areas, removing sandbags and lunch and dinner does seem tables end greens and im.
sluice doors, sending after a bit inhospitable, -but Miss ported from neighboring
from swollen creeks and Pollard's explahaiton pre- territories to supplement
canals rushing over the al- _ents t other sde o the 's stock then the
ready inundated land. picture. If ths is done, then the
ready inundated land. 1"For the larger part of otimisam may not be regard-
For. those who lve in the every day,, she claims, "the ed as so out of place.
city, far away from the mis. partic!'Ants will be planning On the other hand, the
ery afflicting te nation's and rehearsing their shows. thought of spending three
farmers, the Immediate fu- They will have no regular weeks in a land where farm-
ture is not so rosy, eating hours. They will be ing areas have been render-
In the capital, household- scattered at centres all over ed temporarily useless by
ers haye now become resign- the c'tv. Their taste in dishes continuous rainfall and
ed to paying outlandish prices w'll difer, remembering that floods, and with 6,000 addi-
for foodstuffs, even when they are coming from vari- tonal youths to feed, w.th
these are plentiful. Now that ous territories. And their no arrangements for easing
they are getting scarce, prices very number makes it im-. the problem with importa-
are spiralling as never before. practi-cl to have them eat tion, would be very bleak.
The rains are expected to all at the same place." And it must be remember-
spill over to July. And farm- Miss Pollard regards the ed that the Festival will be
ers agree that even when the- whole exercise, too as a preceded by the conference
sun comes out, the water challenge to caterers in'the of Non-Aligned Foreign Min-
must first come off the land city. sisters, with its estimated 700
and the waterlogged soil When these caterers met participants and observers,
must be dried out before it the CARIFESTA Committee which makes the prospect
can take seed again for new sore weeks ago, they were even more dreary.
crops. told what was expected of
The farmers have little them apd offered advice on
hope of this coming to pass 'how to ope with the influx
until mid-August. of diners during the Festival. s
But that is the time when At the main hotels. d
Guyana will beg:n to wel-
come thousands of overseas
visitors for the 1972 Carib-
bean Festival of Creative
For three weeks. 1,000 of-
ficial guests and an estimated
5,000 observers will occupy
250 new houses at FsAtival
City and check in at city
hotels, with the overspill
taken Qff by citizens in pri-
Under ideal conditions, the
catering for such a band of
visitors would be no easy
task, With the situation as it
will be in m!d-August, the
Job Is little short of titanic.
And as it is generally ac.
accepted that the guest mtust
be take" care of, even at the
expense of his host. there is
little doubt as to where the
squeeze will be felt most.
For the 1,000 official par.
ticipants who will be taken
care of by the CARIFTA
Miss MAGDA POLLAE
SUPPLY of vital Ifres
ruit, greens and vegetable
iow jeopardised by the flood.