Hurricane Beryl raises possibility of food shortages in Jamaica

Hurricane Beryl raises possibility of food shortages in Jamaica

Jamaicans will have to deal with food shortages after the passage of Hurricane Berylwhich is estimated to have caused more than $6.4 million in damage to crops and supporting infrastructureofficials said Monday.

Jamaica’s Agriculture Minister Floyd Green said preliminary assessments indicate significant damage to vegetable crops, root crops such as sweet potatoes and tapioca, and fruits such as breadfruit, ackee, mangoes and bananas – popular food sources.

He added that the livestock and fishing sectors were also significantly affected by the storm, which unleashed tumultuous winds and rains as it passed near the southern coast of the island last week on its way to the Cayman Islands, Mexico and Texas.

“We lost about 85% of our banana crops in Portland and St. Mary”Green said after visiting farms in the St. Elizabeth district in the south of the country.

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