According to official reports, the objective of the mission is to express the Government's solidarity with the farmers.
On Wednesday, a government delegation is set to visit the works of the irrigation canal being built in Ouanaminthe, northeastern Haiti, which caused a conflict with the neighboring Dominican Republic.
A source quoted by Le Nouvelliste newspaper said that the committee will be composed of the Minister of Environment, Agriculture and Trade and Industry, James Cadet, Charlot Bredy and Ricardin Saint Jean, respectively.
The committee is also to be accompanied by the director general of the National Geospatial Information Center, Boby Emmanuel Piard.
According to official reports, the objective of the mission is to express the Government's solidarity with the farmers, said the source, noting that Haitians, like their Dominican neighbors, have the right to use shared water resources, including the Masacre River.
Le gouvernement haïtien s'apprête à visiter le chantier du Canal de la Rivière Massacre en signe de solidarité avec les paysans locaux. Cette initiative, prévue pour ce mercredi 25 octobre, vise à renforcer les liens entre l'exécutif et les.......A lire sur #Netalkolemedia pic.twitter.com/OztDHgaPsX— NetAlKole Media (@netalkole) October 25, 2023
In addition, the delegation will pave the way for the dispatch of a commission to gather information on the technical and financial needs of the works.
Official data shows that, in August, farmers and residents of Ouanaminthe restarted the construction of the irrigation canal that was halted after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in July 2021.
Moreover, the construction should allow the irrigation of some 3,000 hectares of the Maribaroux plain, in the northeast of the country, an area considered Haiti's second-largest granary.
However, the water intake was not well received by the neighboring authorities, who accused the initiators of trying to divert the Masacre river.
In retaliation, Santo Domingo unilaterally closed the border, suspended visas to Haitian citizens and prohibited bi-national trade and transportation.
For its part, the Haitian government defended its sovereign right to use the water resources and assured that the works will not be stopped, despite pressure from the Dominican Republic.