The Ministry of Agriculture is reporting that losses as a result of last year’s drought reached some 70 million dollars. The sectors affected were sugarcane, vegetable production, small-scale grain production and livestock.
In an effort to mitigate the impact of a drought which is also being experienced this year, the Ministry of Agriculture has been able to secure grant funding from the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) Drought Emergency Relief program, which will be targeted specifically to cane farmers. Under the program cane farmers will be able to access assistance for the procurement of farm inputs to include seeds, fertilizers, agro-chemicals, irrigation materials, water pumps, knapsack sprayers or motorized mist blowers.
The Ministry says that climate change has been impacting the industry since 2016 putting at risk foreign exchange earnings, food security, livelihoods of the farming community and increasing the risk and cost of agri-business in Belize.
Persons who wish to benefit from the relief need to be registered with the Belize Agriculture Information Management System, under the management of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.