Ministry of Agriculture to stage El Nino Recovery
The Ministry of Agriculture has not abandoned the farmers following the recent dry season that scorched the country and threatened millions in crops and livestock.
The Ministry has announced the start of an outreach programme for El Nino Recovery. The target groups are farmers of cash crops and those in the hinterland communities. According to officials at the Ministry, the intent is to provide the farmers with seeds, tools, acoushi ant bait, pesticides and other planting materials.
Most of these farmers were seriously affected by the drought conditions despite previous interventions by the Ministry. The weather which was unseasonably hot and dry for the first few months of the year affected crop production across the agriculture sector.
Losses were recorded in the large-scale crops as well with the sugar and rice industries recording lower production figures.
During the dry spell there were interventions throughout the country by the Ministry but “there is still a need for ongoing support” said another official. This is not the first outreach of this kind either; in the last few weeks the Minister of Agriculture has been to Wakenaam and Leguan where recovery initiatives have been implemented as well.