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Aug 5, 2016

Corn Farms and Vegetable Production Adversely Affected

Jose Alpuche

And while the crushing impact on our banana industry is bad enough, it gets much worse.

 

Jose Alpuche, C.E.O., Ministry of Agriculture

“Corn has been severely impacted, especially in the central region; Spanish Lookout alone reporting losses of seventy-five thousand tons, or approximately forty-two million Belize dollars in losses. In Indian Creek losses for corn are another seven and a half million. Little Belize reports moderate impact and we also have other major growers to survey. As you know corn is also a small farmer staple and we expect wherever damage occurs and corn is present the losses are also severe. Vegetable production which is an important income earner for many small farmers has also been severely impacted. The Minister’s area, Maskall and Bomba, producers lost almost everything. Similarly in Springfield and Armenia the damages were almost total. We still have Valley of Peace and other vegetable communities in the Cayo and Orange Walk districts to survey. An important program promoting covered strictures for vegetable production has been severely impacted with almost all structures being severely compromised or completely destroyed. The infrastructure losses to small farmers will amount to well over two million dollars and that’s only the infrastructure we’re not talking the value of the product. The fisheries sector, we are estimating roughly half a million in losses to assets, but this does not include the losses from production stock and you are aware that we are in the middle of the lobster season which is our highest priced commodity.”

 

Pending a more comprehensive assessment, the damage to poultry was minimal. The damage to the Santander facility appears minimal, while the northern sugar industry appears to have suffered damages to seven thousand acres of stand-over cane.

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