Poultry farmer Linus Bernadine suffered a major setback Thursday night, when high winds associated with Tropical Storm Kirk destroyed his chicken houses at Babonneau.
Bernadine told St Lucia Times it resulted in the loss of 2000 broiler chicks.
He explained that the loss has impacted significantly on his livelihood.
“This is what I am expecting to put bread on my table,” Bernadine stated.
He estimated that his losses are in the region of some $90,000.
Bernadine said he does not know how he will recover from the calamity.
“Right now I am just on the farm demolishing things,” he said.
“What happened is that these birds, I just got them on Wednesday last week and the storm was Thursday night,” Bernadine disclosed.
The poultry farmer recalled having left his home for Vieux Fort to pick up the chicks.
“I got back home about ten past nine in the night, I put the birds down and that was it,” he stated.
“Friday morning I had no choice but to bury them,” he told St Lucia Times, adding that both of the chicken pens on his property had been destroyed by the storm and the chicks that were in them died.
“I am flat down – everything is just gone,” Bernadine lamented.
“I have a capacity of about 7000 birds and all of that is flat down,” he said.