REBUILDING BAHAMAS’ AGRICULTURE SECTOR

The agriculture sector in Abaco and Grand Bahama was devastated by Hurricane Dorian in September, 2019

The agriculture sector in Abaco and Grand Bahama was devastated by Hurricane Dorian in September, 2019
Dorian made land fall as a Category 5 hurricane on the island of Abaco in the Bahamas on 1st September 2019. Packing winds of 185 mph and gusts up to 220 mph the hurricane also had a devastating impact on the neighbouring island of Grand Bahama and the surrounding Cayes.

For nearly 68 hours Hurricane Dorian an unusually slow moving system pummeled the islands with 12-15 inches of rain and a storm surge of 18-23 feet. The impact was devastating. Thousands of residents were displaced, homes and buildings destroyed and lives and livelihoods lost.

 

CARDI has been working with the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources and the Rapid Needs Assessment Team (RNAT) coordinated by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Authority (CDEMA) to assess damage to the agriculture sector. 

Preliminary assessments have indicated almost total damage to the poultry industry, hydroponic and aquaculture farms. Livestock and vegetable farms were also hard hit by the monstrous storm.CARDI is working on short term and long term responses to rebuild the ravaged agriculture sector.
Planting material, irrigation supplies and technical assistance are some of the short term measures CARDI will be providing to help kickstart production for commercially important commodities. Long term responses will be focused on building a resilient sector through the promotion and adoption of climate smart practices and technologies.
In the immediate aftermath of the hurricane CARDI staff contributed to
the mediathon hosted by the Government of Barbados on September 8, 2019. CARDI contributed over 9,000 EC dollars to assist in relief and rebuilding efforts.

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