Safety Measures Advisory for Farmers Before Passage of Hurricane Lisa

Safety Measures Advisory for Farmers Before Passage of Hurricane Lisa

Press Release

 

Safety Measures Advisory for Farmers Before Passage of Hurricane Lisa

 November 1st, 2022:

At 12:00 p.m., Tropical Storm Lisa was centered near latitude 16.5N, longitude 82.5W, or about 270 miles east of Roatan Honduras, and about 385 miles almost due east of Dangriga Town. Lisa was moving to the west at 15 mph with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. Lisa is expected to approach the coast of Belize late Wednesday with landfall possible on Belize late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. Strengthening is expected and Lisa is expected to be a category 1 hurricane by landfall on the country.

To mitigate the potential effects of Hurricane Lisa, the Ministry of Agriculture Food Security & Enterprise hereby advises all farmers who are in low-lying and flood-prone areas to safeguard their families and livelihoods.

All farmers are advised to observe the following measures:

  • Crop producers are advised to

– harvest available and mature crops

– make a note of all crops planted and production amounts

– store harvested crops in cool, dry areas to avoid spoilage or losses

 

  • Producers with tropical greenhouses or cover structures are asked to

– remove covering materials (UV plastic and anti-viral netting)

– safely store equipment and supplies

– make a note of all crops planted and production amounts, including taking

pictures of the structure(s)

 

  • Livestock producers are advised to

– temporarily relocate animals to safer areas

– ensure availability of animal feed and water

– make a count of all animals

 

  • Farm inputs

– secure all farm machinery and farm inputs

– relocate all pesticides and pesticide containers to avoid spillage and

contamination

 

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