Antigua and Barbuda

FAO/GIEWS - Foodcrops & Shortages 11/99 - Antigua and Barbuda

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The country has been affected by hurricane "José" rains and winds in late October. Preliminary reports indicate that damage to housing and infrastructure has been incurred, while an evaluation of possible damage to the important tourist infrastructure is underway. An assessment of damage to the agricultural sector has not yet been made available. The island is currently being threatened by Hurricane "Lenny". COSTA RICA (2 November)
Storm rains and flooding in September and October have affected the country, particularly the provinces of San José and Cartago, in the centre, Guanacaste and Puntareanas on the Pacific coast, and Heredia on the north Atlantic coast. Preliminary estimates indicate that about 7 000 hectares of agricultural fields have been affected, with consequent damage to foodcrops, mainly paddy and beans. Export crops such as sugar cane and fruits, as well as livestock pastures, have been also affected. Despite losses incurred to the developing 1999/2000 second season cereal crops, for harvesting from November, an average maize output (both crops) is anticipated. Production of paddy, principally in the Chorotega and Brunca regions, is forecast to be above average; however, some 90 000 tonnes of rice will need to be imported in marketing year 2 000(January/December) to meet domestic demand for this important food staple.