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Belize: Freak storms cost banana growers US$15-20 million

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Monday, 26 September 2011

Belize: Freak storms cost banana growers US$15-20 million

After two consecutive nights of thunderstorms the Banana Growers Association, BGA, has suffered an estimated 40% in crop loss which they estimate will amount to US$15-20 million in financial losses. Between Monday, September 5, and Tuesday, September 6, there were two storms with winds of just about 40 mph in the Stann Creek District, as recorded by BGA’s weather equipment.

The BGA’s 6,700 acres of farmland sit between the South Creek River and the Bladen River in the Stann Creek District. The BGA stakeholders/farmers were all onsite with us today talking about the severity of the freak storms and their effects on the industry, and furthermore, what efforts would have to be taken for them to fully recover. We note that the BGA had only just been recovering from a bad drought season.

Source: Freshplaza