May rains caused almost $800 million in damage to agriculture sector – Samuda
Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda is reporting that the heavy rains in mid-May resulted in close to $800 million in damage to the agriculture sector.
Samuda says more than 10,000 farmers were affected, with losses amounting to an estimated $794 million.
He says an estimated 8,862 farmers suffered crop losses of $718,006,202 while over 1,400 farmers suffered livestock losses of an estimated $76,202,000.
The agriculture minister notes that a previous report of $522 million reflected a preliminary estimate of the damage to the sector.
Samuda says teams from the Rural Agricultural Development Authority are still on the ground conducting damage assessments as more areas become accessible.
He says mechanisms are also in place for agricultural inputs to be distributed to affected farmers on an equitable basis.