Storm wreaks havoc on crops in Saipan

11:27 am on 18 March 2015

havoc on the island's crops.

In the Northern Marianas, tropical Storm Bavi, which passed near by the Commonwealth this week, has wreaked

havoc on the island's crops.

The CNMI's Farmer's Cooperative secretary, Isidoro Cabrera, says heavy salt spray thrown up by Bavi's intense winds will spoil the crops in the Kagman commercial plot.

He says the heavy salt sprays from the waves around Tank Beach were blown inland during the storm.

Our correspondent says among the crops grown at the commercial plot are bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and tender leaf greens.

Some 30 to 40 farmers grow crops around the Kagman commercial farm plot and it is the major supplier of the island's weekly Saturday open market, the Sabalu Market.

Bavi also toppled trees, destroyed a dozen homes, and caused blackouts on Saipan for several hours.

The system is now moving towards the Philippines.