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$200 million flood damage to agricultural sector – Charles Jr Loop Jamaica

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Pearnel Charles Jr, is reporting that damage to the agricultural sector by flooding caused by Tropical Storm Ian is more than $200 million, and said assistance will be provided to the affected farmers.

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

Speaking to reporters after the Jamaica Pig Farmers’ Association (JPFA) annual general meeting in Osbourne Store, Clarendon on September 29, the minister said: “We haven’t gotten a breakdown, so we need to disaggregate that, but we are speedily moving ahead to complete those assessments so that we can put something forward, and then to determine how best to give support to those persons who have been impacted.”

He argued that the damage to the farming sector is another reminder that investors in the sector must be resilient against shocks, as many farmers who implemented “resilient operations” were spared losses.

“They were proud that they came out with less damage than they 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,” the minister said.

Tropical Storm Ian was upgraded to a hurricane after passing southwest of Jamaic