Puerto Rico Agriculture Devastated
Following Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria doubled down the destruction on Puerto Rican agriculture. The recovery effort will take years for many farmers. Puerto Rico Farm Bureau President Hector Cordero explained that crops throughout the island are a complete loss. "We lost almost 100 percent of our agriculture," said Cordero. "All crops, plantains, bananas, papaya, coffee, all are a loss." Dairy represents the biggest sector of agriculture in Puerto Rico. Cordero, a dairy farmer himself, said dairy farmers are having trouble accessing their farms and getting their milk to processors. Currently, the industry is operating at a production level of about 50 percent.