Belize: Heavy rainfall ruins crops

According to the Belize Ministry of Agriculture, the rains of January and February have caused incalculable damage to the agricultural industry, disrupting the production of grains, fruits, root crops and vegetables.

The Ministry is currently trying to calculate the total losses caused by the rains, but it cannot release any figures now because the rains are still ongoing. The weather has caused a shortage of lettuce, cauliflower and broccoli on the market. quoted the Ministry as saying: “In an effort to meet local demand and while local production normalizes, the Belize Marketing and Development Corporation will be allowed to import shortfalls for the next two weeks.”

The profits from these temporary imports made by the Belize Marketing and Development Corporation will go towards recovery relief provided to affected farmers.

Publication date: 2/26/2018

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