Dark Puerto Rico's Ag Industry Struggling in Aftermath of Maria

October 3, 2017 09:57 AM

President Donald Trump is expected to arrive in Puerto Rico Tuesday as the island still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the Category 4 storm that hit last month rendered nearly all 3.4 million people without power and water.

Residents have been expressing their frustrations on how the emergency response to the U.S. territory has been slow.

“About 80 percent of the island is still without telecoms, so it’s very hard to keep executing that way,” said Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello, “Puerto Rico’s energy grid has completely been destroyed—we had an old infrastructure that wasn’t effective and it wasn’t maintained.”

Puerto Rico’s agriculture industry has been devastated by the hurricane. Statistics from the governor show that as of late 2016, roughly 7,000 people work in agriculture. Farm income was growing and crop production acreage is up 50 percent over the last four years.

Dairy farmers are also struggling in the aftermath of Maria. They account for one third of Puerto Rico’s total agricultural production

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Spell Check

Gainesville, GA
10/3/2017 08:02 PM

  Is the problem the response FROM the US, or the PR use of that response? Without that information, this article has little value, and is a display of poor journalism.


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