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Posted: Friday, August 30, 2019. 2:51 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Belize is experiencing warm weather and with the on-going drought, our crops are suffering.

Farmers say that up to date, losses in crop for Belize’s agricultural sector have exceeded $2.3 million as the drought continues.

The National Meteorological Service of Belize (Met Service), says that the El Niño weather phenomenon which is contributing to the drought is slowly dying down and that hopefully, rainfall in Belize could normalize by the month of October. The Met Service said that September should be a transition month with, rainfall starting to normal.

The longer crops are exposed to high temperatures without rainfall, the more farmers stand to lose in the time it takes the weather to normalize.

In addition, environmentalists and activists are promoting awareness of the importance of protecting our natural resources.

  1. Use every drop! Never pour water down the kitchen drain when there may be another use for it. Use it to water your indoor plants or garden.
  2. Use buckets instead of a hose to wash your car.
  3. Use a watering can to water the plants instead of a hose.
  4. While washing dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing, use basins instead
  5. Avoid children playing with the hose
  6. Take a shorter shower.
  7. Find ways to save and store rainwater for use in the garden, washing clothes
  8. Brush your teeth with the tap off!
  9. Make sure your home is leak free
  10. Stop the constant drip! Leaking taps are a waste of precious water

The Global Disaster Alert and coordination System (GDACS) notes that Belize is among the hardest hit countries by the drought.

The data shows the impact on the other countries in the region as “Medium” but lists the impact on Belize as “High.”

Since February 2019, regional weather and climate organizations such as the Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) have been warning of the impending drought, with the Met Service issuing drought predictions in March.

The Met Office expects that regular rainfall may return to Belize by late September; however, the losses to the agricultural sector if no interventions are taken by then would be catastrophic.

 

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