Grenada To Compensate Farmers for Weather Losses

Part of a two-acre farm under cultivation in La Croix with sweet peppers, lettuce and cabbage

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Nov 7, CMC – The Grenada government says it will compensate farmers whose properties were damage following the heavy rains here last week.

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell said he has instructed the Ministry of Agriculture to work with Parliamentarians in the affected areas to immediately assess and ascertain the damage suffered by farmers due to the heavy rains and flooding.

“Subsequent to the reports from the Ministry, Cabinet will move to compensate the affected farmers as soon as possible, within the constraints of the Government’s resources, so as to ensure that their livelihoods are restored in the shortest possible time,” according to a government statement.

Mitchell was briefed on the damage by officials of the National Disaster Management Agency and the parliamentarians for the affected areas.

“We are just entering the holiday season and being the son of a former farmer, I am aware of how much this time of year means to farmers. They would have recently done extensive planting and would be looking forward to harvest and their livelihood to be able to have a good season, and this happens, unexpectedly,” Mitchell added.

“I cannot in good conscience or leadership, not move to help them reclaim that hope and those plans, so that their families can enjoy the season.”

The trough system last week affected areas mainly in St. Andrew’s, St. Patrick’s and Carriacou. There was no loss of life.

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