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SOIL SALINITY HITS CROPS 17 Dec 2012

By Tauna George

Food gardens in coastal villages are now experiencing soil salinity which is salt water in soil, due to the sea level rise brought on by climate change. As a result food crops are being washed away or cannot withstand the salt water.

Senior Agronomist with the National Research Institute James Ernest says the effects of climate change has forced the sea level to surge further inland causing soil salinity and erosion, whereby forcing villagers to look elsewhere to find suitable soil for gardening.

Mr Ernest advised villagers to plant a different variety of food crops, adding that if some are not able to withstand soil salinity, others might be able to which can sustain their livelihood.

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