The Puerto Rico Farm Bureau has established the Puerto Rico Agricultural Relief Fund to help address the agricultural losses inflicted this past September by Hurricane Maria. The hurricane struck Puerto Rico head-on, devastating as much as 80 percent of the island’s farm production.
Puerto Rico’s farm families are now facing enormous challenges rebuilding their farms. These include dairy and livestock farms, and those producing field crops, plantains, bananas, papaya and coffee.
“Maria was a devastating storm and many farmers and ranchers in Puerto Rico face an unprecedented challenge to return their land to production and rebuild infrastructure,” said Puerto Rico Farm Bureau President Hector Ivan Cordero. “The disaster will affect our farm and ranch families for many years, but our will to overcome the damage is strong.”