The Current for Show January 10, 2005
CBC radio's The Current included information about how Asian fisheries,
rice and coffee
production have been effected by the disaster.
For almost two weeks, we've heard the stories of the victims of the
Ocean earthquake and tsunami: The estimated 160,000 lives lost, the
bewildered and sorrowful survivors and the relatives of the missing,
gradually giving up hope that their loved ones will be found alive.
There's been so much focus on the dead, wounded and sick, that we're
now beginning to contemplate what this all means for the Earth itself
the communities that relied on nature for their livelihood. Some of the
people hardest hit by the tsunami are those who made their living from
sea not just because many of their boats were destroyed but also
the effects of the tsunami on the ocean environment.
Reporter Stephen Puddicombe found four fisherman, sitting on a boat on
ocean's edge having a simple meal of noodles and egg and we aired what
Randall Kramer has studied the significance of fishing in Indonesian
communities. He's a professor with the Nicholas School of the
and Earth Sciences at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
Rice is a major staple of South Asian diets. Farmers in that part of the
world account for 92-percent of the total rice production - coming
from India, China, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Burma, and Bangladesh.
In Thailand, the rice harvest is such an important event, there are
local celebrations throughout the country from May until September. With
many of Thailand's rice fields inland they may still be able to mark
occasion in the spring - but there will be little to harvest for
The tsunami ripped through fields and gardens, soaking the ground with
saltwater and mud. Abdelbagi Ismail knows what it means for the region.
He's a senior scientist with the International Rice Research Institute,
which is based in Manilla, Phillipines.
Well we've only been bringing you bad news about the impact the
had and will continue to have on the livelihood of many farmers and
in the region.
But there is good news for one of the biggest industries in Sumatra.
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