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This is the impact of Hurricane Mary for agriculture field in Puerto Rico

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This is the impact of Hurricane Mary for agriculture field in Puerto RicoThis is the impact of Hurricane Mary for agriculture field in Puerto Rico

News24xx.com -  Hurricane Maria struck of Puerto Rico on September 20 2017. The hurricane as a Category 4 storm, is known as the strongest that hit the island in a century.
As many as 16 people died.

The hurricane also devastated of agriculture.

While most of the island's food is imported, statistics data from the governor as of late 2016 show about 7,000 people working in agriculture, farm income growing and acres under cultivation up 50 percent over the past four years.


The report says that crop sales generate about USD 271 million a year which produced from plantains, vegetables and melons, nursery and greenhouse crops, fruits and coffee.

And from livestock sales are about USD 276 million which produced from milk production, poultry and cattle.


Noel Lopez, 40, a citizens that also work in his livestock says that he can operates 10 dairy farms with his father and brother.

Before the storm they were milking 12,000 cows, producing 22,000 gallons (85,000 liters) of milk a day.

But Hurricane Maria destroyed 90 percent of the barns and as many as 700 cows are missing or dead.

Jayson Harper, a professor of agricultural economics at Penn State University, spent three months in Puerto Rico in 2014 and said the hurricane has destroyed the high value crops that farmers produce, some which take years to replace.

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