Excessive rainfalls have been impacting Agriculture and Food Production. According to a Government issued press release, the unseasonal rains during the months of January and February have particularly affected grains, fruits, root crops, and vegetables. The Ministry of Agriculture has conducted a damage assessment in a number of farming areas to ascertain total damages and losses, however as the rains continue it is still a developing event. Preliminary reports to date indicate that there is a shortage of lettuce, cauliflower, and broccoli on the market. GOB says that in an effort to meet local demand, the Belize Marketing and Development Corporation (BMDC) will be allowed to import shortfalls for the next two weeks. Profits made by Belize Marketing and Development Corporation from these temporary imports will go towards recovery relief provided to affected farmers.