Rice Farmers in the Toledo district are facing extreme loss, after the recent heavy rains caused flooding in the district. One Farmer, Ben Romero, spoke to our colleagues at PGTV, and said that as much as 35 acres of his rice fields are under water. That is some one hundred thousand pounds of rice. [see video]
Ben Romero says he was told that NEMO would be doing an evaluation to see the extent of the damage.
Rice is a traditional domestic food crop, along with corn and beans. Total domestic rice consumption in Belize is estimated to be approximately 1.8 million pounds per month or 21.6 million pounds per year.