A Bahamian banana farmer’s business destroyed by Hurricane Dorian

A Bahamian banana farmer’s business destroyed by Hurricane Dorian


It was rough, definitely it was rough. This is the first time I’ve ever come or
get so close to death. Like I was watching death in the eye,
with my two workers with me. Well, I was not too frightened for myself, because I can swim, but
they could not swim. So what we had to do,
I had to go up in the roof and lectured them a bit about swimming. I tied some styrofoam to their
chest to keep them afloat. I was expecting there would be water,
but not like that. We have never had that amount
of water in this area. I don’t think anybody had ever experienced
that type of hurricane in Grand Bahama. I’m going to lose all the banana plants, the plants and
all the other crops that I have there. I’m going to lose them because
of the salt in the ground. If right after the hurricane, we had
a good bit of rain water to flush it, that would have been different. But right now it’s a total loss. Now I can’t see what it’s
gonna be in two years, or where we are gonna be in two years. Or maybe later, where we are gonna be,
I really don’t know, I can’t tell. I haven’t made any decision right now, my mind is just blank. [BLANK_AUDIO]

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    MyChilepepper

    You need to start composting business. I have to pay between $6 to $18 usd for a bag of raised bed compost. More for organic ones.

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    Nick Thompson

    The US, I can understand making a political scene. The Bahamas, utterly devastated by this hurricane. My thoughts go out to them. If I was a richer man, I’d find some way to help. I can’t even imagine that kind of decimation, nor could anyone who’s never experienced a natural disaster like this one.

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    Barry Matthews

    Poor Man…….lost about everything but his life !!! BUT HE/YOU can rebuild !!! Pray to our lord and savior Jesus Christ !!!

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    jslugbug37

    I too live below sea level,I know exactly how you feel hope the healing is quick, from the looks around these are not wealthy folks, I still have not recovered from ol harvey

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    The watchmans eyes

    This is so sad. I cant imagine what they must feel. Thank God you have good hard working helpful American neighbors. 🙏

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    Donald Zorniger

    There is nothing left.

    May the world come together and help these people.

    Leave politics out.
    And the vultures ( scammers )

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    Rocky Bettas

    Wtf did you expect? Living in denial much? Every time a hurricane hits people are like "omg"! How unexpected!! Are you freaking kidding me?

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    Mission 4 Transition

    Tell that man about Shungite granulars. Nature stone that will alkalize and detoxify soil and water. Also planting Hemp will remediate the soil faster.Id like to come volunteer there next year for people like that farmer – they have endured the worst possible scenario of a hurricane. God Bless them!

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    Pamela Penick

    Bless this man for putting his employees first. It isn't like these people can just move somewhere else and give up their livelihoods. It looks like he still has his house so that is a good thing. Now he has to decide what he is going to do with his land and what options he has.

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    Fredrick Hight

    The USA has Army Helicopters and many others giving food and engineering help. They are pouring the Love on our Neighbors. Thank God for the USA! Amen.

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    Steve Wilcox

    Chop and droo them plants let them mulch into the ground to replenish the soil it will take time. The rains will come back to help flush the soil. In the meantime find a type of crop that may be able to grow in the soil conditions. It will get better

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    Scott

    Pretty sure if he safely burns the field after setting aside the seeds within that remaining. The burn residue will balance out the salt and maybe plant, like potatoes? Sorry, not skilled in that. Honesty, I would peel half the stock and sundry and later, shatter to de-seed removal. Reporter, should return to deliver, message and inform of extractions so he may bury his stocks? Turn in/cut down, the hedges to mix the topsoil.

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