The graph shows rainfall recorded at Tower Hill in 2012, 2013, 2014 and up to October 31st, 2015. As can be seen in the graph, we suffered a very serious drought throughout the months of July to mid-September, with an average drop of 60.15 mm below the mean which could possibly be one of the longest crucial droughts experienced throughout the country of Belize. As we may also have noticed, the rains came in large amounts in the month of October which recorded the highest amount of rainfall so far with 336.2 mm
The drought has caused irreversible damage to sugar cane due to the fact that water deficit triggers a negative impact upon growth and development of the crop, compromising crop productivity (In-man Bamber, 2004; Smit & Singles, 2006). Not everything is negative though, this rain that we are now getting will be of great
use by the cane being planted since there will be good moisture for sugarcane sprouting and growth.

Posted on June 12, 2017 .