Haiti – cholera fears affect rice harvest

5 January, 2011 by (comments)

Rice crops in northwestern Haiti could be in jeopardy due to farmers’ fears over cholera contamination, according to a preliminary assessment from FAO.

The UN agency reports that many farmers are avoiding the harvest, fearing that the water in the rivers and canals that irrigate their paddy fields might be infected. There are also reports of consumers being unwilling to purchase produce from regions directly affected by the cholera outbreak.

FAO and the Haitian Ministries of Agriculture and Health are engaged in a campaign to provide hygiene information to farmers reluctant to harvest rice during the ongoing cholera emergency in the country.

Related links:

CIAT’s Seed System Security Assessment for Haiti

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