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Oct 9, 2019

Climate Resilient Farming is a Must Amid Devastating Drought

Elsner Campos

The extreme dry weather conditions that have adversely affected the agriculture sector has once again prompted a discussion on climate resiliency and the need for farmers to adopt other practices that are considered weather resistant.  Additionally, government has extended a hand to the agro-productive sector, particularly to farmers in the central, western and northern districts by means of grants, as well as loan facilities.  They must, however, be registered in order to access the financial assistance being provided.

 

Elsner Campos, District Agriculture Coordinator, Corozal

“I do believe that we need to find some more resilient ways of doing farming.  Farming can no longer be the traditional way.  We have to understand that climate is changing and we need to find that adopting manners, adopting ways, irrigation and other ways in order to sustain the amount of food that our people need and also what we export, what we normally produce.  It’s no longer as easy as before, water not dropping when we require.  As you can see, during the day it was raining heavily, all the rain that was expected during the past months before and so we need to find a way how to reshuffle that, to find a way how to adopt and to mitigate what’s occurring.  So I will say, the best thing is to find a way how to adopt.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Talk to us now about the relief efforts and the fact that you’re trying to get as many farmers registered so that they may be able to receive some assistance with their losses.”

 

Elsner Campos

“Our ministry conducts a census, a farmer’s registry every ten years.  This year we have been conducting from since the start of the year due to the drought and the damage that has been occurring due to it, we have extended this amount of time for farmers to register.”


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