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Feb 13, 2018

Farmers Need New Strategy to Fight Off Climate Change Effects

Speaking of the long-term effects, Salas posited that the change in weather patterns is attributable to climate change. He called for a strategy by authorities to help farmers plant more effectively to survive these occasional catastrophes.

 

On the Phone: Osmany Salas, Senator for Non-Governmental Organizations

“In the medium to long-term, since they are recognizing that there are changes in weather patterns – it’s not the way it used to be; they’ve been experiencing floods every other year; three years ago they suffered from some floods. They realized that in fact it’s been raining when it shouldn’t be, from what they are used to. So the more medium to long term solution is to work with the farmers to devise a farming strategy to adapt to all these changes in weather patterns. But in the short term they need food, so if they do not get that help, they could very well experience food shortages in the very short term. They plant beans amongst the corn crop and it is the beans they try to sell, but the corn is for their own use.”

 

Aaron Humes

“So it’s different from say, the crops in Cayo and Orange Walk and so on?”

 

On the Phone: Osmany Salas

“Yes; very much different. These are still subsistence communities; there’s not a whole lot of cash exchange; it’s not a cash economy like in other communities in other parts of Belize. They actually grow what they consume. So even the beans that they planted amongst the corn crop was damaged, which is a problem for them also, because by selling some of the beans they could get cash for their other needs. So yes, it’s different in that way.”

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