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Drought hurting agriculture

Sheria Brathwaite, [email protected]

Drought hurting agriculture

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The drought sweeping Barbados is drastically affecting the agricultural sector, and with no relief in sight, prices of produce are likely to be increased.

Sunday Sun investigations revealed that both crop and livestock farmers have been struggling to cope under the severe dry weather.

Some producers reported a high likelihood of certain crops becoming scarce due to the lack of water and not being able to irrigate fields properly, while a few livestock farmers have been forced to sell their animals because of their inability to adequately source forage (dry grass).

And with meteorologists projecting a dry weather spell from November 2018 to as far as September, farmers and consumers could be in for a turbulent time. (SB)

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