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Posted: Saturday, Feb 24th 2018. 4:37 PM. CST.

By BBN Staff: According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the rainfall experienced in January and February have caused uncalculated damage to the agricultural industry, hindering the production of grains, fruits, root crops, and vegetables.

The ministry says that it is working on calculating the total losses caused by the rains, but cannot release a determined figure because the rains and the subsequent damage is still ongoing. The ministry has confirmed that the rains have caused a shortage of lettuce, cauliflower, and broccoli on the market.

” In an effort to meet local demand and while local production normalizes, the Belize Marketing and Development Corporation (BMDC) will be allowed to import shortfalls for the next two weeks.” the Ministry said.

The ministry also noted that the profits made by Belize Marketing and Development Corporation from these temporary imports will go towards recovery relief provided to affected farmers.

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