Only Job in Town

The rainy season brings a halt to the cutting season between May and November, but veteran sugarcane cutters find work in other jobs as sugarcane production never rests. They work in “cleaning,” or weeding the cane fields, spraying chemical herbicides and pesticides, working security of fields, warehouses and factories, and maintaining irrigation infrastructure, preparing for the next cutting season, which will begin when the rains subside and the sun settles back into its dominance for another six months. This rainy season saw a thorough campaign of health exams in the affected community of Guanacastal de Sur, which includes La Isla, carried out by La Isla Foundation and CISTA (Center for Investigation in Health, Work and Environment) officials with medical students from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine (NYC) and UNAN-Leon.

2017-07-11T23:02:23+00:00

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