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Flood relief for Rural North Print E-mail
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Written by The Guardian   
Friday, 22 November 2013 00:00

castro in crooked tree.jpg - 87.10 KbBelize Rural North Area Representative, Hon. Edmund “Clear the Land” Castro, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture are collaborating to assist the cattle farmers of Crooked Tree Village to preserve their livestock so that they can weather the extensive flooding which has almost cut them off from outside help.

The communities of Crooked Tree and Maskall continue to experience flooding from the extensive rains which have taken place over the last 3 months. The Belize Red Cross reported last week that some 200 families from the Cayo District and the Belize River Valley were devastated by the unexpected rise in water.

But, while Red Cross and NEMO collaborated to assist those families, the Belize Rural North Representative, Hon. Edmund “Clear the Land” Castro, is working to see that his constituents are able to get past the devastation. As has been widely reported, the Crooked Tree Road Causeway is currently under water, and in order for the villagers to get in and out, they have to be ferried by boats provided by the Belize Audubon Society and the Coast Guard.

In certain sections of the village, the farm land and pastures have been inundated by water, which is not expected to recede until 2 months’ time at the earliest. As a result, the cattle farmers are going through a severe rough patch, and their area rep. is trying to alleviate their problems.

On Wednesday, a number of farmers from the village met with Castro and the Belize District Agricultural Coordinator, Clifford Martinez, to come up with a realistic plan to assist them. It will include short-term help where they will provide feed to sustain the community’s livestock while the flood waters remain stagnated. Castro said that this plan will assist the farmers who will lose a large portion of their livestock without the help.

The Ministry of Agriculture is also working with the farmers with a long-term plan so that they can better prepare for weather conditions, such as what they are currently experiencing.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 15:28