Corentyne rice infestation…says over 3000 acres infestedNand Persaud and Company Limited has blasted the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) for saying that there has been no outbreak of the worm associated with the water weevil on the Corentyne.Following a report carried by Guyana Times that rice farmers on the Corentyne are experiencing strange growth and pests in their fields, as some rice is being attacked by worms and flies, the GRDB said that it was not true.According to the GRDB, a visit to the area revealed that there is no outbreak of the worm associated with the water weevil as reported. The State rice entity statedFrustrated Alan Goolcharran of Number 52 Villagethat the pest was only found in one farmer’s field in the area.However, Nand Persaud and Company Limited, one of the largest rice mills in Berbice, on Tuesday said the presence of the pest was characterised by stunted plant growth and yellowing of leaves. These signs often cause confusion among rice farmers who mistakenly believe that there is a nutrient deficiency problem.“Several farmers contacted Nand Persaud and Company Limited on the infestation issue and have benefited from intense investigative field visits and follow-up plans conducted by their agronomist. This has resulted from significant recoveries made from the fields treated and arduous efforts are currently in progress to bring the pest infestation under control,” the rice milling company said.When this publication first published the article, one farmer stated that he was advised by the GRDB to use Matador to control the worms which were found on the roots of the rice plants.In its release dated March 9, the GRDB listed seven chemicals, including Matador, to be used to deal with the pest.However, Nand Persaud and Company Limited has strongly objected to this. According to the company, the rice farmers should not utilise the pesticide Matador for the treatment of this pest or paddy bugs since it has been found to escalate the problem.“The Plant Hopper is known to transmit a virus called Hoja Blanca which can result in 25-50 per cent loss in yield if the problem is not identified and treated early. The Extension Department of Nand Persaud wishes to extend its continuous support to farmers in the fight against this potentially dangerous pest,” the milling company said. One farmer who Nand Persaud highlighted, Alan Goolcharran, of Number 52 Village, Corentyne, whose cultivation comprise approximately 40 acres of rice, is likely to lose more than 20 per cent in yield if the situation is not brought under control.Recently, brightly coloured leaves were observed on some of the paddy plants.According to some farmers, their fields have experienced stunted growth over the past month. One of the affected farmers is former Rice Producers Association (RPA) Extension Officer Ramlakhan Singh, who farms at Number 56 Village.He explained that they have been investigating and it was some of the labourers who made the startling discovery: strange worms at the root of the plants.But there is a second problem – one that is more complicated affecting the rice. Large-scale infestation of what appears to be flies has been seen by some rice farmers. There were a similar attack two crops ago and rice production was low in the affected areas. Following the publication of the GRBD’s release, some Corentyne rice farmers exposed the poor service being offered to Corentyne rice farmers by GRDB’s extension officers. They claimed that three weeks ago, reports were made to the GRDB about the infestation and the officer engaged a few farmers afterward and provided advice. Those farmers say the extension officer might have been in trouble had the team visited the affected farms.“They advised a few farmers and the team went to those farms and so they would not find any worms because the officers told the farmers what to do…” (Andrew Carmichael)
Unity Center Church of Thousand Oaks events: Yard sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Sunday, 77 Los Vientos Drive, Newbury Park; “A Soulful Concert,” performed by Peter Shea and Stefana DadasU, 7 p.m. today, in the church sanctuary, 1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Tickets: $5. Monthly meditation meeting with guest Suemary Long, 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, 1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. An offering will be taken. Call (805) 496-6901. “Lit Up!” performances by actors Marcia Wallace and Susan Neale, 8 p.m. today, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 3646 Coldwater Canyon Ave., Studio City. Admission: $20. Also: April 8, performers Wayne Federman and Winnie Holtzman. Call (818) 763-9193. The Rev. Bob Jones, chancellor of Bob Jones University, will be the guest speaker, 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday, Lighthouse Bible Church, 4910 Cochran St., Simi Valley. Potluck dinner: 5 p.m. Call (805) 584-8222 or see www.similighthouse.org. “Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code,” a seminar led by the Rev. Rick Talbott, a university professor and authority on early Christian history, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sundays, First Church of Christ, 606 Chatsworth Drive, San Fernando. Call (818) 361-7321. Weekly meditation service, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Center of Spiritual Awakening, meeting at 21032 Devonshire St., Suite 208, Chatsworth. Call (818) 709-1451. “The Celestine Prophecy,” a sneak preview screening, 7:30 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. April 9, Westlake Church of Religious Science, 880 Hampshire Road. Tickets: $10. Call (805) 495-0105, Ext. 3, or see www.westlakecrs.org. “Sister Stories: From Egypt to Darfur,” a Shabbat service led by Rabbi Nina Bieber Feinstein and performers Debbie Friedman and Cindy Paley, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 8, Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. Event is part of “Let My People Sing,” a multievent Passover-theme program held at various venues in the Los Angeles area. Free but reservations are required. Call (818) 530-4000, Ext. 1, or see www.letmypeoplesing.com. Second Night Community Passover Seder, presented by Temple Beth Torah, 16651 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills, 6 p.m. April 13. Tickets: $35, $15 for children 12 and younger. Paid reservations due by April 10. Call (818) 831-0835. “Action: The Antidote to Despair” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Bonnie Rowsell, 10 a.m. Sunday, Glendale Church of Religious Science, 2146 E. Chevy Chase Drive. Call (818) 244-8171. “Famous Alibis” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Thomas E. Witherspoon, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Unity Church of the Valley, 2817 Montrose Ave., La Crescenta. Call (818) 249-4396. “The Christ Principle” will be the message delivered by the Revs. Sue Rubin and Jim Lockard, 10 a.m. Sunday, Westlake Church of Religious Science, 880 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. Call (805) 495-0105 or see www.westlakecrs.org. “A Compassionate People” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Bob McDill, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Call (818) 894-9251. “Edge of the End” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Dale Johnsen, 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Heart of the Valley Community Church, 18644 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 881-3651 or see www.heartchurch.com. “Follow Me” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Lynn Enloe, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 9 W. Bonita Drive, Simi Valley. Call (805) 583-0556. “God Loves You” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Evelyn Hammond, 10 a.m. Sunday, Center for Highly Effective Living, Church of Religious Science, meeting at Pacific Lodge Youth Services, 4900 Serrania Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 883-1300. “Putting Women in Their Place” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Dave Wilkinson, 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Moorpark Presbyterian Church, 13950 Peach Hill Road. Call (805) 529-8422. “The Sin of Man” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Glenn Kirby, 8:45, 10:15 and 11:45 a.m. Sunday, West Valley Christian Church, 22450 Sherman Way, West Hills. Call (818) 884-6480. “Spring Ahead for Christians” will be the message of the Rev. Paul N. Shafit, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, The Welcome Home Church, meeting at 7248 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 314-3664. “Starting Over” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Lui Tran, 10 a.m. Sunday, Knollwood United Methodist Church, 12121 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills. Call (818) 360-8111. “Wisdom” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Carrie Lauer, 10 a.m. Sunday, Center of Spiritual Awakening, meeting at the Radisson Hotel, 9777 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. Call (818) 709-1451. Traditional English Mass, celebrated by the Rev. Scott Kingsbury, 11:15 a.m. Sunday, The Anglican Church of St. Barnabas the Apostle, meeting at All Saints Community Church, 8040 Glenoaks Blvd., Sun Valley. Call (626) 818-4721. Religion events are compiled by Staff Writer Holly Andres. Notices appearing in the events column must reach the Daily News two weeks before the Saturday on which they are to run. Items must be typewritten. Phone numbers must be included for contact purposes. Mail to Religion Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365-4200. Fax (818) 713-0058 or e-mail without attachments to Holly.Andres@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event Tridentine Mass, the Latin rite Mass, celebrated by Msgr. Francis J. Weber, noon Sunday, Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana, 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd. Call (818) 361-0186. Dona Gracia Nasi, a Jewish leader during the Renaissance, will be discussed by Bruce Ullman at 3 p.m. Sunday, Temple Beth Torah, 16651 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills. Admission: $5. Call (818) 831-0835 or see www.bethtorah-sfv.org. The University: A Multi-Parish Adult Education Program, with more than 70 classes and events during Lent through Wednesday. Most classes are 7:30-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Catalog of classes available at participating Roman Catholic parishes in Ventura County. Admission: $7, includes one guest. “Dining with the Pharisees: Taking a Second Look at First Century Judaism,” led by the Rev. Pat Mullen, Tuesday, St. Mary Magdalen Church, 5205 Upland Road, Camarillo. Call (805) 482-6417. “A Healing Mass,” led by the Rev. John Struzzo, Wednesday, St. Paschal Baylon Church, 155 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 496-0222. “Silent Prayer,” a lecture by Robert Brown, Thursday, library at St. Rose of Lima Church, 1305 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Call (805) 526-1732. General information at (805) 496-0222. Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival: Short films, “The Night Trotsky Came to Dinner” and “From Philadelphia to the Front,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Temple Beth Haverim, 29900 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills. Admission: $10. Sponsored by The New JCC at Milkin in West Hills. Call (818) 991-7111 or see www.lajfilmfest.org. Catholic Community luncheon meeting, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, meeting at Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn, 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. Guest speaker the Rev. John Struzzo will discuss “Spiritual Warfare: Engaging the Battle.” Reservations: $15, required. Call (818) 846-3271.