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Farmers coping with drought

LEANNE TASHER, leannetasher@nationnews.com

Added 08 May 2016

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SEASONAL FARMING BY CHOICE: Owner of the self-named Ezra Thomas Farms, said his strategy for dealing with the drought was to avoid growing food during the dry season altogether. (Picture by Lennox Devonish.)

THE DROUGHT currently affecting Barbados is not all gloom for some farmers, who forecast a viable agricultural sector despite production shortfalls.

In recent months, stakeholders in the agricultural sector have sounded alarm over the effects of the drier conditions, which resulted in, for example, reduced milk production. Unusually low rainfall also meant that farmers had to make better use of technologies like rainwater harvesting as was suggested by the CEO of Barbados Agricultural Society, James Paul.

The SUNDAY SUN visited several farmers on Thursday to see what efforts were being made to cope with the severe dry spell. With just one month left in the annual dry season, some farmers reported that they managed to adapt and devise more effective strategies for the future.

Please read the full story in today's Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.

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