Monday 24 June, 2019

Rainfall down by more than 30-per cent in Barbados

Farmers complaining about drought conditions are in the right.

With hurricane season having officially started June 1, some persons are challenging the vexed farmers with one question - 'What drought conditions?'

However, the Barbados Meteorological Services have confirmed that rainfall is down and this lack of rain continues to be a very real, and big problem for crop and livestock farmers.

Today, the Met Office told Loop News that as of today, Friday, June 7, 2019, Barbados has recorded 178.8 millimetres of rain at their Charnocks, Christ Church-location. This is a far cry from the readings for this same time last year.

By June 7, 2018, Barbados had recorded 261.8 millimetres of rainfall at the Barbados Met Office. That is a difference of 83 millimetres or 3.27 inches of rainfall. 

So, Barbados' rainfall is currently 31.7 per cent less than recorded for this same period last year, and the farmers are feeling it.

This lack of rainfall, combined with reduced hours of water daily from the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC) to its farming districts, is really dampening the spirits of some farmers.

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