On the heels of Thursday’s report that farmers in the Belize River Valley Area are facing severe problems with their livestock, brought on by the extreme dry weather, the Ministry of Agriculture today announce that help us on the way.
A release from the Chief Agricultural Officer Eugene Waight says that the Ministry is working diligently to address the situation being faced with the death of livestock in the Belize Rural North due to the drought. Waight says that the Ministry of Agriculture will be delivering a total of 200 bales of hay and Urea molasses block to the livestock farmers affected in the area. Technical Officers from the Ministry of Works will also be working along with the Ministry of Agriculture in the distribution of water supply to the affected farmers. In addition, the release says that Technical Officers from Central Farm will be dispatched to the Belize River Valley area this weekend to assist farmers and livestock owners. The Ministry of Agriculture is advising people in the affected area to call the Director of Central Farm Melanio Pech if they need faster assistance. His telephone number is: 824-2123 or 804-2129. In other news from the Ministry of Agriculture, Minister Rene Montero has been delivering planting materials to the farmers living in villages in the Cayo District. So far over four thousand cassava bits, a thousand chaya cuttings and six thousand pounds of yellow corn seeds have been distributed to farmers in San Antonio, Cristo Rey, Seven Miles, Georgeville and La Gracia villages. Also distributed were coconut plants, sweet potato bits, pine apple plants and pumpkin seeds. The official release says that the Minister of Agriculture will continue to deliver more farming supplies in the upcoming weeks. This strategy is in line with the Ministry’s Platform of Food Security which focuses on rural development and the concept of the “Farm Family”.