Farmers advised in new ways to mitigate against hurricane losses

IN an effort to ensure food security during the hurricane season, the Ministry of Agriculture is advising farmers to plant more and store their crops during the dry season as opposed to the wet season when the weather cycle changes.

In a recent interview with SKNVibes, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Allistair Edwards explained that for many years the Ministry has been advocating that farmers should concentrate on planting abundantly during the dry season in order to mitigate against the rainy period.According to Edwards, the current November/December period is known as the late rainy season.
Questioned on what the Ministry is doing to ensure the Federation is better prepared for hurricanes and that food is secured, as countries continue to struggle for food following the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Permanent Secretary stressed that they have and would continue to “beseech upon farmers to ensure that when the second season comes they would only be planting to mitigate.”


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