Changes in rainy season at Barbuda wreaks havoc on crops.

Changes in rainy season at Barbuda wreaks havoc on crops.

Prensa Latina, Havana.

Changes in the rainy season on the island of Barbuda , is wreaking havoc on crops in this small Caribbean territory . Dry periods in Barbuda are becoming more widespread especially in the upland area near the main agricultural areas . As a result of climate change, the wet period on the island was moved from its traditional date July to September to September to November, when the rains come more intense but with short duration , which increases dry seasons. The climate change represents the greatest threat to the archipelago and the rest of the Caribbean region .

Changes in the rainy season in the second largest island in the archipelago of Antigua and Barbuda, is wreaking havoc on crops in this small Caribbean territory , experts say. According to marine biologist John Mussington , dry periods in Barbuda are becoming more widespread especially in the upland area near the main agricultural areas . The wet season has moved from its traditional July date to September to September to November, when the rains come more intense but with short duration , which increases dry seasons .

He also noted that the lack of areas  to storage water causes when it rains, that the water runs into the sea or penetrate underground and can not be use for crops. He explained that the ground water is “hard ” because of the high levels of calcium and magnesium, and in many cases due to saltwater intrusion, so it is not suitable for agriculture. In this regard, he urged to use new techniques to achieve a more efficient agriculture , but acknowledged the ravages of climate change.

Director of Meteorological Services of Antigua and Barbuda, Keithley Meade, considered that climate change represents the greatest threat to the archipelago and the rest of the Caribbean region . The arable land of these islands represents only 18.1 percent of the surface and almost no crops through artificial irrigation due to ecological problems facing such as droughts and increasing logging . The tourism dominates the economy of Antigua and Barbuda , producing almost 60 percent of gross domestic product (GDP ), although agricultural production sugarcane , cotton and fruits are among the important sectors of this country.

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