Screen_Shot_2014-02-26_at_8.08.17_PMAgriculture across the country has been adversely affected by the incessant rains that fell in the latter part of 2013 and early this year. Farmers in northern Belize saw great losses in crops like onions, tomatoes, sweet peppers and even sugar cane fields were flooded triggering a decrease in its sucrose content. Going further north, into Corozal, the climate’s impact may have proved damaging even for non-farmers.

Reports reaching our news room are that a total of 95 employees were released from Fruta Bomba as a result of the bad weather conditions last year. General Manager at the company Rigoberto Vivas confirmed that the releasing of these employees was necessary.

Gilberto Vivas – General Manager Fruta Bomba

“As you know that the effects of the bad weather that we had 2013, I think it didn’t only affected Fruta Bomba but it affected the entire agricultural sector in Belize, so in order for us to survive we had to lay off some people. It decreases our production volume to about 50%, we use to export about 30 to 35 thousand boxes right now we are between 8 to 12 thousand boxes and that is even more than 50% and that is our weekly basis.”

Victor Castillo – Reporter

“Will these workers whenever production starts again, will these same person be rehired?”

Gilberto Vivas – General Manager Fruta Bomba

“We believe that by the beginning 2015 or mid 2015 we will begin to we will be back on our feet and we have the intension to do the hiring of the people back that were laid off and they would be given priority as the labour force required increase we will bring them back.”

According to Vivas, 44 workers from Fruita Bomba and 51 from food packers were released. All workers that were released were paid as required by the labor laws of Belize.

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