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.
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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