Belles farmers now have easier access to their farms as another route has been set up to replace the original one damaged during the passing of Tropical Storm Erika.
The storm devastated sections of the country on August 27, causing damage to a number of access roads making it difficult for farmers to access their farms.
Farmers in Belles were affected but Parliamentary Representative for the St Joseph constituency, Kelver Darroux said in an interview that as part of relief for the farmers, another route to their farms is being set up and will be completed in a matter of days.
“The farmers in the Belles area, since the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, they had tremendous difficulties in accessing their farms,” he said. “This was due to the significant portion of the road which collapsed when Erika pass few weeks ago.”
He pointed out that currently the farmers have of produce and with the new route, they will access their farms easier.
“For that road to have been cut, we had to access the properties of three individuals, and I really want to commend the individuals who allowed us to use their property in this time to cut this road to give farmers access to their farms,” he said.
Darroux pointed out that the community of Belles is a highly productive area of dasheen and many other crops.
“And I must thank the farmers as well for their patience for that period of time on withstanding the challenges that we are faced with,” he state. “Now we are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel … where we would have four wheel access to the other side.”