Saturday 30 May, 2020

1,200 farmers impacted by recent flood rains – Shaw

Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw has disclosed that nearly 1,200 farmers across the island suffered loss in the region of $76.5 million as a result of the recent flood rains.

Shaw, who was updating the House of Representatives on Tuesday, said some 136.9 hectares were impacted while 1,520 tonnes of produce were lost. The Minister said livestock farmers (mainly poultry) also suffered loss (1,649 birds).

These small farmers are in the parishes of St Andrew, Clarendon, St Catherine, St Thomas, St Elizabeth, Manchester and Westmoreland. Minister Shaw said the Agriculture Ministry will be providing farmers with chemicals to ward of fungus and leaf rot disease.

He said Members of Parliament, in collaboration with RADA, will be given funds that will go towards assisting registered farmers to get back on their feet.

Rural constituencies will each receive $1 million while urban constituencies will be allocated $600,000 each.

Shaw noted that based on the preliminary figures provided by RADA, the damage was not as devastating as the $800 million lost (due to flooding) at the same time last year,” and was much less than the $300 million lost in November and December, 2017.

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