In Puerto Rico, Huge Agricultural Losses

In a matter of hours, Hurricane Maria wiped out about 80 percent of the crop value in Puerto Rico making it one of the costliest storms to hit the island’s agriculture industry, said Carlos Flores Ortega, Puerto Rico’s secretary of the Department of Agriculture.

Across the island, Maria’s prolonged barrage took out entire plantations and destroyed dairy barns and industrial chicken coops. Plantain, banana and coffee crops were the hardest hit, Mr. Flores said. Landslides in the mountainous interior of the island took out many roads, a major part of the agriculture infrastructure there.

2 thoughts on “In Puerto Rico, Huge Agricultural Losses

  1. WOW …. now that is what you call starting over with practically nothing! Much suffering taken place on the island. Very sad.

    Hopefully the major urban and tourist areas can recover in the next few months so jobs and dollars can start flowing back to the island. However, obvious the rural areas will struggle for years to recover.

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