$200 million in flood damage to agriculture sector – Charles Jr

Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Pearl Charles Jr reports that damage to the agricultural sector from flooding from Tropical Storm Ian amounts to more than $200 million, and said an aid will be provided to affected farmers.

He said from a preliminary report that has been compiled, it is clear that people in the area have suffered losses, adding that after assessments a determination will be made as to the level of response, as “The government is committed to supporting them and we will continue our incentive programs.

Speaking to reporters after the Jamaica Pig Farmers’ Association (JPFA) Annual General Meeting at Osbourne Store, Clarendon on September 29, the minister said: ‘We haven’t gotten a breakdown so we have to break this down , but we’re moving quickly ahead to complete those assessments so we can come up with something, and then figure out how best to support those who have been affected.

He argued that the damage to the agriculture sector is another reminder that investors in the sector need to be resilient to shocks, as many farmers who have implemented “resilient operations” have been spared.

“They were proud to have suffered less damage than expected, but it also means that we are still in a vulnerable sector that requires collaborations, support and protection, because it is such an integral and important sector”, said the minister.

Tropical Storm Ian was upgraded to a hurricane after passing southwest Jamaica

Lana T. Arthur